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Before Us (Stuart Bowden)

By | Published on Sunday 10 August 2014

Stuart Bowden is a curious man. He has the odd charisma of Jarvis Cocker and the dance moves of Napoleon Dynamite. His mix of deadpan delivery, charming lo-fi songs and bizarre stage antics help create a magical world that he invites us all to inhabit. ‘Before Us’ takes a surreal and heart-warming look at the life of a nearly extinct insect, though a somewhat sombre second half sees fewer laughs and more melancholy, as the isolated Bowden explores themes of loneliness and trying to find our place in the world. The songs build to a powerful last number, though it wouldn’t work as well without the audience’s willingness to participate. Overall, a tight one man show that will delight and entertain.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [James McColl]