Reviewer: Andrea Allen
Whether regaling you with tales of bigoted taxi drivers, recalling far too sordid details of a lads’ holiday to Magaluf or enlightening you with the knowledge that Game of Thrones’ audio description exists, Jamie Macdonald’s Hi-Vis precariously toes the fine line between appropriate and inappropriate, largely veering hilariously and entirely consciously towards the latter.
MacDonald is a 6 foot 4 blind Glaswegian man, you may not have met someone in this demographic before, and if you have, it’s unlikely to be someone quite like Jamie. Equipped with a hilarious selection of accents ranging from gap year student to Glaswegian bus driver via a kilted Croatian Hotel worker, Macdonald offers a fresh, and side-splittingly hilarious perspective to those in the audience who perhaps haven’t ever paused to consider whether their loved ones might use them to obtain as many discounts as physically possible or gleefully queue-jump through airport security if they were ever to lose their sight,
MacDonald completely captivates his audience, that is once they’ve recovered from each wave of uncontrollable belly laughs, and often they’re nearing tsunami level. If he scrapped the music and lighting that accompanies certain anecdotes Hi-Vis wouldn’t fall far short of perfect, frustratingly these disrupt the amped up, spontaneous dynamic, intermittently fracturing what is otherwise sixty minutes of the some of the quickest wit you’re going to listen to this year.
What’s the most hilarious thing about being blind? There’s one thing in particular and I’d strongly recommend going to see the show so you can find out for yourself.
Reviewed on 8 March | Image: Contributed