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Normaler Than Everyone (Normaler Productions in association with Fringe Management, LLC)

By | Published on Thursday 15 August 2019

How do we cope with grief? With the fear of losing someone we love? What is the normal response and how can we relate to our new normal? Such are the questions posed by the multi-talented Brian Joseph, through songs, dialogue and photography charting his wife’s cancer treatment. The photography, in particular, feels relevant; his discussion of hiding behind the lens to give himself distance from what’s happening resonates powerfully. The songs are beautifully written and performed: lyrically complex, clever and moving. Though at times the show’s rhythm and pace falters a little, even that feels authentic, strengthening the representation of this trying time. The show’s final number is exquisite; feeling both wonderfully special, and wonderfully normal.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andy Leask]