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(FEAR) (Mr And Mrs Clark)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2017

Gareth Clark is afraid. Very afraid. He is afraid of everything: the aging process, the threat of terrorism, the existential question of what he has done with his life…there are bags and bags of big ideas crammed into this intense one-man show. Clark explores the way we are conditioned by discourse – by religion, school, family, the government – to be afraid, and to conform to that fear. Despite a couple of overlong musical interludes, the performance is engaging, especially when he ad-libs with the audience. Ultimately he does not – cannot? – offer any real solution, beyond not thinking about it. But I am very glad that – for an hour at least – he did.

Zoo, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andy Leask]