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Enter The Bagman (Brendan Murphy)

By | Published on Saturday 27 August 2016

Enter the Bagman Ed2016

‘Enter The Bagman’ is a strange show. Having lived his entire life in a cloakroom (which causes him to take extreme interest in the audience’s various bits of luggage, who knew you could tell so much from a holdall?) Brendan Murphy is forced out to explore the mean streets of Edinburgh and its colourful characters, all played by him and with an increasingly weird series of props. With voice and expressions as malleable as putty, Murphy leaps around the tiny stage playing a nervous daredevil, a hillbilly turned children’s entertainer and a plummy, disillusioned actor. There’s not much plot here, however, and Murphy might be better to dispense entirely with trying to thread a story through what is really a showcase for his fantastical, riotously funny characters.

Gilded Balloon @ The Counting House, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Francesca Peschier]