Writer: Mark Trevorrow
Reviewer: Jay Nuttall
Bob, Sweat &Tears includes everything you’d expect from an evening with Bob Downe during The Fringe. We are treated to plenty of polyester, campy pop songs, cheesy grins and naughty jokes – but there’s something waiting for us that we never saw coming. Bob has a revelation – he’s actually been living a lie – it turns out he is a repressed heterosexual and Bob, Sweat and Tears is a journey together with Mr Downe and his five piece band as he comes to terms with his straightness.
The show is peppered with anecdotes and observations about his new life as a straight alpha male and for good measure he’s sure to include a fair few references to the fallen stars of light entertainment along the way. He delivers all this near the knuckle observation and cheekiness with such charm and silliness that he gets away with every last snide remark in a way you won’t see any other comic achieve at The Fringe.
The real highlight of the show is when Bob is belting out various pop classics in his own inimitable style. You can feel the atmosphere soar as he makes his way through songs from his standard Yeh! Yeh! to Dream A Little Dream Of Me. Unfortunately the buzz in the room takes a considerable dip during some of his stand-up routine interludes and despite the connecting thread of ‘becoming heterosexual’ there isn’t enough to hold these sections together and keep the energy pumping.
Mark Trevorrow’s comic creation has been a staple and fabulously camp part of The Edinburgh Fringe for nearly twenty years and he fills every song and silly dance number with such stamina and spirit that another twenty years are surely on the cards!
Reviewed on 25th August