Team Viking (James Rowland)
By Jon Stapley | Published on Friday 12 August 2016
When you first spy James Rowland, he’s wearing a funeral suit and there’s a plastic Viking helmet behind him. This sets the tone well. His storytelling show is in equal parts sad, funny and ridiculous, and never stops being entertaining even in its most emotionally honest moments. It chronicles the death of Rowland’s best friend Tom, and his dying wish to be given a Viking funeral. As you might expect, the humour is the very blackest. This well-constructed show takes familiar devices and uses them effectively – music made with a loop pedal is overdone at the Fringe, but here there’s a point to it. It’s a show of real courage combined with warmth and lyricism, and it deserves to do well.
Just The Tonic at The Community Project, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Jon Stapley]