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Help! I Think I’m A Nationalist (Seamas Carey)

By | Published on Monday 21 August 2023

“I have a confession”, is one of two lines which bookend the key sections of Carey’s nuanced, articulate and engagingly performed one-man show. His first confession is that he’s done a podcast, containing interviews with residents of his native and beloved Cornwall. From this simple starting point, among nicely layered bits of audience interaction, comes a thoughtful, thought-provoking reflection on borders, and those blurry lines between pride in one’s own identity versus disdain for those of others. Carey’s putative ‘nationalist’ deploys the language of ‘small boats’ against Cornwall’s main migrant problem, namely rich folk buying second homes in the area. The other bookend line, delivered after taking each innocent premise to an extreme conclusion, is “I’ve taken that too far”. No: just about right.

Royal Lyceum Theatre, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]