Davey Connor Live! But Not in Your Living Room

Davey Connor is a charming, unimposing performer whose style washes over the audience and wins them over seemingly without effort. And his new show Davey Connor Live! But Not in Your Living Room is a finely tuned, well thought out and very funny set.

His persona as the unstoppable underdog is endearing and thankfully devoid of self-pity; considering the fact that Connor’s set traces his life from acne-ridden teenager to the thrown-out-of-home divorcee, this is most certainly a triumph. His intriguing structure begins with the indulgent male fantasy of how to survive in a post-apocalyptic world of carnage and from here on we dovetail into all sorts of delightful, unexpected avenues; divorce, sleeping rough in Glasgow and the possibility of fighting a man whose job it is to deliver your fridge.

One sequence, involving blown up pictures of Connor from a photo shoot that went horribly wrong and also went national, is particularly funny. Ragged and smelling of the gutter (you can tell this just from looking at the photos) Connor was sold as a James Bond lookalike for a charity campaign, yet he looks like he’s just been pulled through a sewer only to have a tuxedo thrown in his general direction. This particular bit is something of a master class in self-mocking.

It is however let down by an ending that while purporting to tie all Connor’s narrative threads together does so in a cavalier and not quite coherent manner. Merely being able to include the title of a show at the very end of that show does not constitute a satisfying denouement.

With very few misfires, this is an entertaining hour. Conner is droll and dry yet sympathetic enough for us to feel that something extra is going on.

Reviews by Rory Mackenzie

Pleasance Dome

Unmythable

★★★★
Pleasance Courtyard

Girl from Nowhere

★★★★
Gilded Balloon

Allie

★★★
Pleasance Courtyard

Boris: World King

★★★★★
C venues - C nova

Some Thing New

★★
Pleasance Courtyard

A+E

★★

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

The Blurb

Hotly anticipated debut show from one of the best upcoming Scottish Comedians (List). His observational material ‘hits the nail on the head’ (Herald), with ‘an incredulous eye for the ridiculous’ (Scotsman).

Most Popular See More

Come From Away

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mary Poppins

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Mousetrap

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Dear Evan Hansen

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mamma Mia!

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Book of Mormon

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets