Nick Helm: Dare to Dream, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh
Tuesday 23 August 2011
You don't have much choice but to get caught up in Nick Helm's mania. "You're delaying the fun!" he warns us, coercing us to punch the air for his rocky opening number. "Never stop dreaming/from the floor to the ceiling," he commands.
The burden of most of the audience participation falls on one willing participant who shares the stage with Helm for most of the performance, albeit laid on a lilo.
With songs and poems that are by turn edgy and affectionate, Helm once again builds his persona as a romantic: disconsolate and cynical at times and tender and hopeful at others. "Let's Get Married" is a tune that carries both extremes of sentiments, where shared activities are both exalted and inverted until they reach a sticky end.
As with his debut solo show last year, there is a mish-mash of elements here (some of which he says he forgot to put in, but that could be a device in itself) and the show doesn't add up to a finished article.
And although the sheer energy is still reverberating around your head as you leave, this is a show that sets itself a standard it just can't maintain. It is, however, well within touching distance. He should do as his debut show's title exhorted and keep digging for the gold.
To 29 August (0131 556 6550)
Arts & Ents blogs
Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch 'first sexy Holmes', says Mark Gatiss
Jared Leto: Best Supporting Actor Oscar sparks backlash from transgender community
In Kony's shadow: Shocking photographs reveal brutality of Lord's Resistance Army
Jessica Alba interview: From Hollywood superwoman to household product CEO
Captain Phillips actor Barkhad Abdi struggles financially despite Oscar nomination
Apple's Tim Cook: Business isn’t just about making profit
Thousands of young people forced to go without food after benefits wrongly stopped under 'draconian' new sanctions regime
Ukraine crisis: New navy chief 'defects' and surrenders Crimean HQ as Putin claims ultranationalists forced intervention
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
- 1 The future of sex: The first female condoms were derided, mistrusted and shunned - but will their modern counterparts catch on?
- 2 South African rhino finally put down after roaming Kruger park for days with horn hacked off and bullet in brain
- 3 Channel 4 announces two-hour TV show to be broadcast 'Live from Space' later this month
- 4 Man stabbed with Legend of Zelda Master Sword in serious condition
- 5 Study suggests that 'gaydars' are real - at least for women