‘Me and Mr C’ sits in its own genre, somewhere between theatre, comedy and a conversation – all with a ventriloquist’s dummy thrown in. The ‘show’ takes you by surprise as Gary Kitching appears on stage and begins talking easily to the audience; involving yourself in the performance is mandatory, but the uncomfortable associations of this are non existent. Kitching takes the suggestions from the audience and improvises them into his show, to great comic effect. However darker undertones begin to emerge as the humour serves to reveal his tragic and lonely life. Kitching creates a piece which is disconcerting in the tension between its comedy and its sadness: engaging, different and thought provoking; ‘Me and Mr C’ is a unique piece of theatre and well worth watching.
Northern Stage at St Stephens, 4-25 Aug (not 13,21), 8.15pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [India Doyle]