Carl Donnelly takes us on a tour of Tooting Broadway in his autobiographical show ‘Different Gravy’. We are greeted with the power ballad ‘St Elmo’s Fire’ and a slide montage of Carl’s childhood pics and comments. If you suspect indulgence is afoot, what prevails in the autobiography, in its loosest physical form, is a tongue-in-cheek diary based on the pseudo pretension that Carl will be famous one day and need to write one. Carl has a real connection with the audience and chuckles through his show with conversational confidence. This well-structured and pleasant set ambles along, noteworthy moments emerging from the pages with the deliberate naïveté of this Adrian Mole trying to emulate Howard Marks.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 Aug (not 13), 8.30pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Mara Docherty]