Bruce Dessau

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Reviews (6)
The London Evening Standard

for a previous production "Is it a comedy gig? A hip hop gig? A neuroscience lecture? 'Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide To Consciousness' is all three. You may well walk out laughing, humming and wondering if you are a human being or a robot...The locquacious Canadian employs case studies in an attempt to clarify what consciousness is...Brinkman wittily weaves together accessible ideas and inventive rhymes...There is lots to take in...Not the world's coolest rapper, but he might be the funniest and most well-read." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

for a previous production "In ‘Something Better’ Long addresses Brexit and her place in the world with eloquence and wit…It would be easy to write her off as an old school Lefty, but regardless of her politics she has an excellent ear for a comic phrase. One stand-out routine concerns a meeting with a fellow train passenger...Her account twists one way then another, keeping the audience hooked throughout…Her set is peppered with big laughs." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

for a previous production "Arcade’s 'Longing Lasts Longer' is a heartfelt critique of a world that she thinks is hurtling headlong into consumerist mediocrity...While the outlook sounds mournful Arcade’s personality is anything but downbeat. She bounces on the spot and apologizes for her wobbling breasts. She goes off-script and loses her place and the looseness is endearing. And she certainly makes a heap of valid points." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

for a previous production "'In Your Face’ is a frequently mind-blowing mix of script and improvisation….The real magic is when Conti invites audience members up and transforms them into human dummies with the aid of masks that she operates. It is an old trick, but one that Conti executes with finesse, expertly orchestrating the cartoonish chaos…If you want sheer escapist entertainment this fits the bill. You will see nothing like it onstage this year." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

for a previous production "What is refreshingly enjoyable here is the way the story evolves. The chat is like a chess game, each man making a move to outwit the other. Even if you guess the end the reveal is neatly executed. ‘Mouse’ may leave some cold, but despite an undertow of melancholy it finds the writer in accessible comic form, reflecting in an aside on losing friends to 'marriage, parenthood or the east Midlands.' Even if this is not Kitson at full throttle there is much here that will stay in the memory." Full Review

Midtown E
Beyond The Joke

for a previous production "Thomas tells this tale with the skill, wit and passion one has come to expect from him in a piece that is part stand-up, part-dramatic monologue...As he comes to the end Thomas broadens the story out to talk about spying on individuals in general. It feels a little gratuitous, but then it grows to make a very powerful and chilling point" Full Review