Reviewer: Matt Farnham
Trigger Warning is a show that catches up with stand-up comic “Dave” who has been beaten down by feminists and forced to pursue a career in clowning. When Zoe Coombs Marr, creation Dave enters the stage, his laddish exuberance is only topped by his blatant disregard for political correctness.
The character of Dave subtly flicks between over-confident ladies’ man and far less confident mime artist as we discover his journey as a bullied clown in Paris. Dave talks the audience through the “Trigger Warnings” for the set in order to make sure everyone is aware of what is coming in order to avoid offending anyone, in the subtle first blow against political correctness.
This show is intriguing and full of layers, referencing Inception while enjoying the mind-bending ride. The laughs in this show are so well placed and done with such a verve and passion that while Dave is a seemingly obnoxious character he helps bring across the real message of the show, in an almost susceptible way, a scathing attack on Political Correctness and how difficult is to be a comedian in a world increasingly offended by something.
This outlandish show pleases with a subtlety that targets our politically correct world. The character of Dave allows Zoe Coombs Marr to target anything and everything and she does so in such an intelligent way that the audience leaves with a new and refreshed view of society.
Runs until 28 August 2016