Above all else, Charlie Pickering is an engaging storyteller - even if that contradicts the premise of his Edinburgh show, in which he struggles to write his autobiography.
Concentrating pretty much exclusively on his childhood, Pickering spins a thoroughly engrossing tale of self-discovery. He acts out the people who shaped his life; although these are not a grotesque butt-of-the-joke characterisations, but well drawn and fondly remembered individuals from his past.
It's a relaxed and laid back pace told with much to laugh at. His stories come to life, and even the most mundane details become fascinating. With a strikingly simple set, lighting is used to great effect to transport us instantly across decades. This is a polished show, and Pickering delivers it confidently. Above all else, Charlie Pickering is an engaging storyteller.