Mark Steel’s In Toon (Off The Kerb Productions)
By Bruce Blacklaw | Published on Friday 12 August 2016
This is kind of a greatest hits/DVD extras from Steel’s excellent Radio 4 series of more or less the same name, with a loose unifying narrative overlaid about the shoogly pegs on which notions of national identity are hung. He is simultaneously affectionate yet despairing of his native England, crowd-pleasingly admiring yet cheeky about Scotland, all framed by recent events in both politics and football. Steel has a particular gift for pacing: his rants are something to behold, whether it’s the Adam Smith institute, Jeremy Hunt or the poncification of tea. If you’ve heard the radio series, this is a fine compendium, with added swearing and photographs. If not, this is an excellent way to find out why you should.
Assembly Hall, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | Bruce Blacklaw