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Rob Auton – The Sleep Show (Rob Auton / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Wednesday 17 August 2016

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Surreal comic poet Rob Auton is quietly, modestly unique. His absurd humour meanders along, hitting you with the occasional dad joke before rambling off again, and is framed this year by articles from a joke magazine he’s made about sleep. He’s immensely creative, and many of his jokes contain as much strange beauty as they do humour. The recurring theme, of preferring his sleeping self to his waking self, grows in its poignancy throughout the show. It culminates in a letter to himself about waking back up to life, which is so utterly beautiful and life-affirming that it had me in tears. As well as being completely hilarious, ‘The Sleep Show’ will fill your heart.

Banshee Labyrinth, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Nina Keen]