Reviewer: Mark O’Neill
Like many single guys in their late twenties, Patrick Turpin is starting to panic. He has been single for over 90% of his life and he is concerned about what the future holds. Turpin’s latest Fringe show dramatises many of his own experiences and what might happen in the near future.
From the beginning, Turpin outlines the format of this unusual stand-up show: throughout the performance the audience witness two personas. Firstly we experience Patrick, the stand-up comic that effectively engages with his audience in a well-crafted manner, then we see Turpin, the thespian, an actor dramatising sketches of his life. In both facets of his personality, Turpin is fantastic, funny and quite often filthy. A simple box drawn out on the stage in tape allows Turpin to move between characters with ease.
The show is thoroughly polished and Turpin’s material is clever and well-linked. The use of props throughout is effective and each has an important part to play in the production. Given the limited space in Sneaky Pete’s, Turpin utilises the area to its full potential, allowing for a truly captivating experience.
Although much of the content is funny and witty, some of the jokes are predictable and others, such as the incestuous ditty, is perhaps, distasteful. Having said that, Turpin is very aware of his audience and moves on with pace when certain elements are not received as well as originally intended.
Patrick Turpin is a comic thespian delivering a beautiful piece of work, he is hilarious yet he also has an incredible flair for theatre. Look out for this rising star within the comedy circuit.
Runs until 27 August 2016 | Image: James Deacon