This bemusing show begins with two men; one performing dark, introspective monologues about somebody called Todd, and a lighter character who can play the piano. The show considers the formalities of death and, with a few clever observations about human nature and abundant musical talent from Pickvance, it’s tolerable. The piano accompaniment over Hartley’s musings gives an interesting film noir saloon feel, but the comedic songs are somewhat jarring against the mood of the rest of the show, which struggles aimlessly through a variety of melancholy tangents. Somewhere, beneath the confusion over what’s going on (the composition of a requiem for the recently deceased Todd), there’s a reasonable show – but I had trouble finding it.
Fingers Piano Bar, 4-25 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), 4.20pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Olivia Sleet]