It takes real skill for one actor to captivate an audience for an hour, yet Tristan Sturrock manages this with ease. His show tells the tale of how he tragically fell and broke his neck whilst returning home to his pregnant girlfriend from the local Mayday festivities, and it’s a beautifully crafted performance. The simple staging and use of sound and lighting evoke not only the tranquillity of the Cornish seaside but also the chaotic confusion of A&E, enhancing the truly enthralling performance given by Sturrock himself, who perfectly portrays the sheer horror felt by a man who might not live to see his first born child, without ever letting it seem contrived or self-pitying. A superb story of tragedy and hope for the future.
Pleasance Dome, 2-27 Aug (not 13), 2.00pm
tw rating 4/5 | [Simon Thornton]