Nick Mohammed is gloriously mad. Using graphs, a whiteboard and your mobile phone calculators, his Mr Swallow character illustrates the beauty of patterns in mathematics. The pop music-obsessed Mr Swallow is camp, socially inept and occasionally a bit frightening, clad in a nerdy jumper and sweating profusely. He is riveting to watch and howlingly funny, with every derailed train of thought perfectly timed. Despite seeming to all the world like a bumbling fool, his maths stunts truly knock the audience for six. Presumably there is some very simple trick behind them all – I don’t know, I studied the arts – but, like magic (which he also does), the effect is astonishing.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 Aug, 6.00pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Roz Tuplin]