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Pity Laughs: A Tale Of Two Gays (Straightup)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2017

Mark Bittlestone is a gay orphan. Will Dalrymple is, in his own words, “just gay”. Together they craft a show that’s a blend of fact and fiction, as one explores his grief through honest comedy, while the other explores his comparatively easier time through outrageous fibbing. It’s good, well-paced fun – the pair banter well and switch between each other’s segments fluidly. The clear highlight is Dalrymple’s reading of his (again, wholly fictional) coming-out story, which features some of the most depraved, disgusting filth I’ve ever heard in my life, and is hysterical. Some segments don’t work, most notably a bizarre Nicola Sturgeon-themed segue, but it’s funny, different and worth seeking out. Just don’t go with your kids. Or your parents.

Just The Tonic at the Caves, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Jon Stapley]