Alasdair Beckett-King: Nevermore

Looking like an ethereally pale, and bearded, pre-Raphaelite muse, Alasdair Beckett-King cuts a striking onstage figure. It’s a naturally unique look and fortunately Nevermore proves to be more than a match for the comedian’s singular style. The show is a rich slice of comedy from a very talented performer.

There are ideas aplenty to be found throughout, consistently entertaining and often hilariously realised

Nobody could accuse Beckett-King of a simple approach to comedy. During a consistently high-quality hour of material, the audience is treated to a heady blend of stand up, storytelling, VT clips, audio gags, and a cast of characters which ranges from an overbearing PE teacher (is that a tautology?) to an aging horophile. There are ideas aplenty to be found throughout, consistently entertaining and often hilariously realised.

Although many of the comedian’s musings are tied to his experiences in the North East of England, and in particular the cold sea that laps that coastline, Beckett-King is a fleet-footed comic. There are non-sequiturs thrown in regarding his Scottish roots, air accident conspiracies, and stone age interior design and as the show goes on it’s not just the multiplicity of subject which impresses as gags begin to loop back in an accumulation of well timed callbacks. It’s as intelligent as it is innovative.

On the night of this review, technical issues meant the Beckett-King had to ditch the microphone, making for perhaps a shoutier performance than audiences are usually treated to. Although the switch in delivery undoubtedly robbed the show of the subtlety available to such a linguistically agile performer, the comedian showed his flair for projection, and managed to manufacture a few very funny moments from the technological mishap.

With packed out shows, it’s clear that the Fringe crowd is showing the appreciation that Beckett-King deserves. Nevermore is well worth the success it is now enjoying, and if there are still tickets available to any of the shows in the run, or the extra performances which are being put on, then they would make for a fine investment of money and time.

Visit Show Website

Reviews by Alec Martin

The Hub

Medea – Main Hall

★★★★★
The Lyceum

Samsara

★★★★★
Summerhall

Age Is a Feeling

★★★★
Pleasance Dome

Alasdair Beckett-King: Nevermore

★★★★
Pleasance at EICC

Fata Morgana

★★★
Pleasance at EICC

Black is the Color of My Voice

★★★★★

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 £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

Location

The Blurb

Out of the swirling maelstrom he steps, his sword of jokes, his shield of whimsy and his armour made of a third amusing thing. Cursed to return to the Fringe, multi award-winning stand-up Alasdair Beckett-King unravels life's shallowest mysteries and 'creates his own multi-faceted world' **** (Scotsman). A true Renaissance man, Alasdair is 500 years old. As seen on Mock the Week and the internet. 'Magnificent, wonderful and hilarious' **** (TheWeeReview.com). ***** (EdFestMag.com). ***** (Edinburgh49.org).

Most Popular See More

The Mousetrap

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

SIX

From £21.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Frozen the Musical

From £36.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Dear Evan Hansen

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Phantom of the Opera

From £27.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets