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Ad Lib – Spontaneous Genius (Assembly)

By | Published on Sunday 25 August 2013

A lucky dip of sci-fi and stand up heroes, the largely unscripted nature of this live chat show led to some of the most genuine discussion I’ve seen, the dynamic between the three guests (on the night I went, Frank Skinner, Steven Moffat and Fred MacAulay) feeling natural and unforced. The comparatively intimate venue gave the audience a feeling of real inclusion in the discussion, and the atmosphere in the room was one of infectious excitement. A liberal attitude during the audience questions added to the feeling that the show was being created as much by the audience as by the performers. The shows that follow promise to be more of the same; Ad Lib is a fan’s paradise.

Assembly Hall, until 25 Aug, 10.30pm
tw rating 5/5 | [Frances Greenfield]