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The OS Map Fan Club (Helen Wood)

By | Published on Friday 18 August 2017

There is something cosily reassuring about Helen Wood’s ode to the virtues of maps – that’s proper paper maps mind you, none of your Google Maps or satnavs here, thanks! The show is structured like a walk, and there is a pleasant warmth to her delivery, as she revels in the low-tech, old-school props and blown up photographs she uses to illustrate her points. The walk is punctuated by digressions – the history of Ordinance Survey, or her own walking experiences – which are frequently funny, and often quite interesting too. If at times the pacing is off, it doesn’t overly detract from a joyful, friendly show steeped in ‘Great British Bake Off’ values. Edgy it is not, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, until 12 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Leask]