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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Garry Starr Performs Everything – The Warren: Burrow

Creator: Damien Warren-Smith

Reviewer: Simon Topping

As the impressively filmic announcer welcomes Garry Starr to the stage, the performer bundles on to proclaim theatre is dead. The disgruntled ex-Shakespearean actor is here to save the dying art form by performing all the genres of theatre for us and reignite our flame of joy for the stage, which he says has almost gone out. All this will be done in just 50 minutes. The crowd waits expectantly.

Cutting a dash, just in tights, a jacket and an Elizabethan ruff, the gathering surmise Damien Warren-Smith (former front-man for Plague of Idiots) is definitely happy in his own skin. Quite quickly the tights come off and this is confirmed.

This is not a show for the faint-hearted; Warren-Smith has a tight control of his attendees and demands audience participation. Throughout the evening he teases out performances from at least half a dozen “volunteers” from a directionless Pinter play, to slapstick with foam rollers, drum beating butoh and a romantic scene with tagliatelle that has everyone rolling with laughter and open-mouthed aghast, in equal measure.

Outside of audience participation, there is an almost naked ballet scene the front two rows will never forget and a full-frontal mask fight no one in the room can never un-see.

Warren-Smith is undoubtedly a very funny man. He delights in shocking and pushing boundaries and Garry Starr Performs Everything is the perfect vehicle for his talents. He is a big star in the making.

Reviewed on 23rd May

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