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Simon Caine: Every Room Becomes A Panic Room When You Overthink Enough (Simon Caine / Sweet Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 20 August 2019

Despite unpromising circumstances – a broken microphone, Tattoo fireworks and some unwelcome comments from the audience – Simon Caine produced a humdinger of a performance. After a delightfully loose preamble, Caine settled into a superb rhythm, combining well-crafted material with sharp improvisation. His themes (the frustrations of his life) were hardly mould-breaking but his treatment of them was a cut above. He continually deconstructed his performance, adding layers of humour and pathos. Usually a tired cliché, Caine’s anecdotes about previous shows were delightful. His fabulous tale of accidentally going into a wedding cake shop (and the repercussions) had the audience in convulsions of laughter. As with the final reveal, this outstanding performance delivered far more than the opening moments suggested.

Sweet Grassmarket, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Charlie Ellis]