Aidan Killian: Saving Julian Assange

The Blue Man basement was quiet, and velvety. The well-dressed audience sipped wine, or tea. When Aidan came to the stage, he punctured the atmosphere with his Irish accent and torn jeans.

This show is for anyone who wants to know more about real, dirty, politics, is open-minded to hear about conspiracies of all shades of the rainbow, and doesn’t mind blushing in front of an audience.

The first ten minutes of the show Aidan made a quaint introduction to himself and the show. He charmed our socks off with his cheeky smile and embarrassed blushes as he stumbled and fumbled, admitting it was a new show. I was put on the spot when Aiden lost his train of thought and, eying the audience suspiciously, asked ‘’there’ isn’t a reviewer here is there?’’. My friend gave the game away, but what else could I expect at a show about truth, surveillance, and information?

Feeling like a Stasi spy, with Aidan talking faster than a Eminem on speed was not what I had bargained for. I was just lucky I hadn’t bothered taking my notebook… After Aidan’s initial hand-wringing, hair-tearing and tongue-tying, he warmed up nicely. His lyrical political commentary became poetry more often than tirades of cursing. And there was a lot of cursing. He was clearly a man with a visual mind, and his disturbed yet playful imaginings came alive to the audience. Aiden described scenes of politicians wheeling and dealing during a farcical apocalypse. Descriptions of Aidan as an old man in a wheel chair rolling, Kamikaze fashion, towards a gathering of the rich and ruthless, finishing in a final ecstatic explosion, had us all staring open-mouthed towards Aidan’s joyful, shining eyes.

The smattering of dick-jokes and farce didn’t distract from the gut-wrenching truth of this show. Aidan had us cringing, laughing, blushing, and most of all on tenterhooks to hear what he would come up with next.

This show is for anyone who wants to know more about real, dirty, politics, is open-minded to hear about conspiracies of all shades of the rainbow, and doesn’t mind blushing in front of an audience. The show was free but, as we left, Aidan’s tip hat was almost as full of money as our heads were of information.

Reviews by Felicity Harris

St Michael & All Angels Church

Bach Cello Suites & Beethoven Cello Sonatas Complete

★★★★
Prince Regent Swimming Pool

Around the World in 8ish Routines

★★★★★
Friends' Meeting House

Bossa Tango: Latin American Piano Recital

★★★★
Laughing Horse @ Caroline of Brunswick

Aidan Killian: Saving Julian Assange

★★★★
Otherplace at the Basement: Main Space

Shit-faced Showtime

★★★★
St Michael & All Angels Church

Bach Violin Sonatas & Partitas & Beethoven & Mozart Stringtrios

★★★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

Location

The Blurb

"The truth will set you free" - Tell that to Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning or Edward Snowden. Possibly the first comedy show about whistle-blowers. If you want passion and truth in your comedy go to this show. "Tremendously engaging" and " nothing else compares with this." **** (Chortle); "Stole the Show" (Scotsman)

Most Popular See More

Pretty Woman: The Musical

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mary Poppins

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Wicked

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

From £12.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Book of Mormon

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets