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When You Fall Down: The Buster Keaton Story (James Dangerfield)

By | Published on Tuesday 7 August 2018

James Dangerfield falls down with a thud more than once in this exquisite new one-man show; like Keaton he gets up again, to tell the story of the death-defying genius’ personal and professional struggles. Dangerfield’s dance, mime and physicality are riveting, and can be compared directly with Keaton’s when his films are projected onto a screen behind the stage. His songs and singing technique are reminiscent of contemporary West End shows, but it is the palpable intensity of his commitment that makes this show very special – he wrote both book and libretto as well as composing the songs. ‘When You Fall Down’ gives an eloquent voice to a silent movie pioneer who often went unheard in his own lifetime.

Pleasance Courtyard, 27 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Louise Rodgers]