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Guy Montgomery: I Was Part Of The Problem Before We Were Talking About It (Berk’s Nest)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2019

A performer casually bouncing a rubber ball down the corridor prior to performance might suggest an arrogant or lackadaisical approach, but any such concerns are soon allayed by Guy Montgomery’s charming, self-deprecating preamble. Montgomery reflects on the way that adulthood has revealed the highly cosseted nature of his of upbringing in the “cloistered monoculture” of Christchurch, New Zealand. He ruminates wittily on the overconfidence this engendered, and then on a shameful episode that resulted. In the final section Montgomery cuts through the warm affability with some hard truths about himself and those (generally white) men who live similar lives. Montgomery battled a nasty cough in the final few minutes but even this could not derail a captivating performance.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Charlie Ellis]