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Revelations (James Rowland)

By | Published on Sunday 19 August 2018

Self-described hairy man-child, James Rowland is the perfect storyteller. Funny, engaging, self-effacing yet cleverly perceptive, there wasn’t a moment of the show where he didn’t have the audience entirely with him. His tale, about donating sperm to his married friends Sarah and Emma, ranges from childish glee over snow and foxes, to tragedy and through the other side. The perfectly controlled storytelling is coupled with layered sampling at points, forming flat-packed hymns – fitting, given how much Rowland’s youthful experience with the church features. Though he’s not religious as such, he recognises the value in communities coming together, singing together and – sitting in a room with dozens of strangers, singing along with him – it’s hard to disagree.

Summerhall, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 [Andy Leask]