American Gun Show (Elephant Run District)
By Natalia Equihua | Published on Thursday 22 August 2013
The flyers with a red moustache and a huge cowboy hat, the title of the show; everything indicated this would be another stand-up comedy about the US, and indeed, the show began with incredibly well told anecdotes of what it’s like to be a citizen of this country. However, Chris Harcum’s charisma was enough to have our attention instantly. Once he’d drawn us in, the tone became more serious: he mixed jokes with facts about violence and guns in his country; and more importantly, he transmitted the real fear and anger of living with this issue. This is not just a satire, it’s a mirror into our own actions, and Harcum delivers a powerful message that echoes in your mind long after the show is over.
Gryphon Venues at The Point Hotel, until 24 Aug (not 11, 18), 5.30pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Natalia Equihua]