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Elliot Steel: Merked (Off The Kerb / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Friday 23 August 2019

Elliot Steel starts uneasily, perched on a high stool on a stage far above the audience, looking rather vulnerable. It’s a rather apt metaphor for his show, which revolves around the themes of male bravado and the deep anxieties which often lie behind it. He appears disenchanted by his Fringe experience but his spirits pick up as he slowly builds rapport with a slightly reserved audience. Though his delivery is rather rushed at times, his material cuts deeper than most and his take on disenfranchised white men and the far right is particularly good. Clearly a comic with great potential, who will, no doubt, one day look back and acknowledge that playing midday slots to small audiences is all part of the learning process.

PBH’S Free Fringe @ Bannermans, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Charlie Ellis]