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)
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 2 London council removes 'unacceptable' Stamford Hill posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan in new celebrity hacking attack weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 4 Matthew Miller: American sentenced to hard labour in North Korea 'wanted to be Snowden II'
- 5 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea's 'Booty' music video is just a load of butts
Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written
Friends 20th anniversary: The highs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
Friends 20th anniversary: Six things we wouldn't have without influential comedy series
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'