Presented by: Tumble Circus
Reviewer: Ciara Murphy
Programmed as being on the “dark side of feel good”, Star Man is a one man variety show packed full of puns, innuendo, and acrobatics.
As the show is introduced by an offstage voice, the voice of the Star Man, it became clear that this was not going to be a conventional theatre experience. The Star Man assured his audience that this was not pantomime, and began by relaying his encounter with non other than David Bowie! As the Star Man begins to share stories about his own life, the audience are brought on a quirky adventure of failed fame and fortune.
Despite assurances to the contrary, Star Man did wander towards the category of pantomime on a few occasions. More slapstick than Cirque the performance needed something more solid to ground its themes. What was abundantly clear was that the Star Man had real skill and a great flare for audience interaction. Each new venture ensured that his audience would erupt into laughter and the audience remained responsive and enthusiastic throughout.
This was Star Man’s opening night at the Tiger Dublin Fringe and this reviewer feels that the performer only really became comfortable after the half-way point of the performance, but once the performance settled it became a much more enjoyable experience.
The set, neither glamorous nor aesthetically pleasing works perfectly with the performance. The lighting and sound was all controlled by the performer onstage, with everything open to audience scrutiny Star Man brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘one-man show’.
The narrative of the performance was the show’s main let down. Armed with a fantastic concept and a bucket of skill and attitude, Star Man’s true story was never really revealed.
The final moments of the performance were on another level, the level of skill of the performer’s acrobatic rope-work was astounding and came with a heavy dose of his own charm.
Charming and entertaining Star Man is a light-hearted show with tonnes of potential.
Photo courtesy of Tiger Dublin Fringe. Runs until September 12th.