In ‘Things We Did Before Reality’, Will Franken has more personalities than a bunch of schizophrenic triplets. Whether a lewd preacher, cockney prostitute or sexually disabled unfortunate, each voice is well presented and uniquely characterised, merging together into a surreal but strangely succinct theatrical concoction. Part character comedy, part one-man sketch show, Franken is an arresting and devastating stage presence; any social commentary (and I think there may have been) is disguised by the absurdity of his narrations, leading the viewer to work their own interpretations into this bizarre cocktail. Strange, sometimes awkward, often funny and always interesting, Franken’s act is like Marmite – fucking awesome – and deserves an audience as big as his character roster.
Just The Tonic at The Caves, 2-26 Aug (not 14), 10.35pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Joseph Trotter]