Writer: Mark Dean Quinn
Reviewer: Faye Hadley
Mark Dean Quinn’s My Heart on a Plate is nigh on impossible to sum up. A truly original hour, there is little one can describe about the show without potentially spoiling it. So let’s just settle for saying that it is brilliant.
This year Quinn has been nominated for the increasingly prestigious Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality. It is easy to see why. Unlike anything else on the Fringe, he creates laughter from seemingly nothing. Sometimes it literally is nothing but his skilled delivery sells it.
The show closes on an emotional note, with Quinn discussing some personal difficulties that have come to bear on his Fringe shows now and in the past. The delivery here is as strong as with the funnier aspects of the show. It is properly emotionally affecting, not least for Quinn himself. However, the switch in tone was slightly jarring and there seemed to be some confusion over whether the audience should be laughing. In a show that makes you question everything that is happening Quinn’s warning that the ending would be a sad story went unheeded.
The show is clever and inventive, Quinn clearly knows comedy well with references and in jokes about the industry. It is however challenging. If the idea of confusion about what is actually part of the show does not appeal, then this is not the performer for you. It is a strange but wonderful show. And you might get a free Fab out of it.
Runs until 27 August 2017 | Image: Contributed