Bronston Jones: God Bless 'Merica – Free

With the accompanying subtitle, this show becomes God Bless ‘Merica, Because It’ll Take A Miracle To Fix It; whilst that’s quite a mouthful, it certainly encompasses the sentiment in Bronston Jones’ lovingly scathing homage to his home country. Returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from his home on Venice Beach, LA, Jones enlightens us on what Americans really think of the welfare state, the upcoming presidential nightmare that is Donald Trump and, well, other Americans.

This is a great collection of stories from across the pond that are appealingly disorganised, charmingly informative and, most importantly, very entertaining.

Jones is a seemingly natural storyteller, with an easygoing manner and a bottomless source of material which covers a vast range of topics over the evening. This material is ably assisted by the use of audience suggestions, which I feel may go on to inspire the ever-changing set list in future. Memories are imparted and tangents are created so spontaneously that it is almost possible to see them emerging straight from Jones’ head into the room; for a first show there were plenty of well-timed hits, as well as a few misses. Whilst there were moments when the tone crossed the line from genial banter to cold, unflinching fact - particularly around more sensitive topics that left the audience unsure how to react - Jones remained mostly in control of the situation and was able to disperse any tension. I would love to see more audience interaction, as this provided a strong foundation at the beginning of the set that could easily be returned to later on.

God Bless ‘Merica is still very much a conversation between Jones and his audience that I feel will continue to refine and develop over the Fringe. As a warning, by the end of the show you may not feel more sympathetic towards most of America; nonetheless, this is a great collection of stories from across the pond that are appealingly disorganised, charmingly informative and, most importantly, very entertaining.

Reviews by Katie Rose

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The Blurb

Bronston Jones loves his country. Love can drive you crazy. And sometimes true love is tough love. Recent affairs have made this atheist so depressed he finds himself saying God bless America because it will take a miracle to fix it.