We always try and catch the press launch if we can, as a good compilation show to see the best that the Pleasance has to offer. It is in the morning (urgh) but worth getting up for. I enjoyed it, but this time I wasn’t inspired to see anything new as a result.
An early start for the Pleasance Press Launch at 11am was just about worth it.
The show opened with Gecko Theatre, which was strange but fascinating – I’d like to see more! I loved the silhouette dancing in particular:
The show was hosted by Joe Lycett who did a competent job. I’d be glad to see him again but I don’t think I’ll go out of my way to book his show:
Blam is a silent physical theatre piece that looks pretty good. I particularly liked the aerial view they presented for a while:
Slightly Fat Features brought juggling, music and a little bit of magic to the stage. They brought a good deal of clowning too, with a pleasant self deprecating style.
Colin Hoult’s impressions didn’t really do it for me:
Nick Helm closed the show with his high energy, shouty, angry standup and an a song. I love his stage presence and energy, but I don’t know if it would grate in his hour-long show: