Imaginary Worlds

You are in an auditorium made of mirrors. A man who says he is a Doctor (though somehow you know he’s not) appears onstage and casts an imperious eye over the crowd. ‘Welcome to Twilight Worlds,’ he says in a sultry voice, ‘Everything that will happen this evening happens at night.’

Combining snappy stand up with culinary ingenuity, this is a whistle stop tour of the best hotel room inventions from a most affable saboteur.

You have entered the third act of the Cabaret of the Mind, a series of ‘mental’ events organised by the bewitching proprietor of the Catalyst Club, Dr David Bramwell.

First to the podium is George Egg, anarchist cook and tickler of funny-bones, and he’s here to ask you a few questions. ‘Can you crush nuts in a Travelodge Bible?’ he quizzes. ‘Have you ever made ricotta by straining curds through a pillowcase?’ Egg claims to make a mean steam iron pancake, and yes, he’s very happy to show you how. Combining snappy stand up with culinary ingenuity, this is a whistle stop tour of the best hotel room inventions from a most affable saboteur.

‘Flippin’ good!’ your Fringe companion exclaims as the second act struggles onstage with a curious collection of items. Who could she be? And what’s that peeking out of her bag?

Enter Tilly Gregory, author of werewolf erotica. Gregory tells the true tale of a Californian prisoner who, after requesting one of her books, instigated a US court case as to whether her work had literary merit. The only woman in the world with a document declaring her work to be ‘more than a sham,’ Gregory is hilarity at its most personable. And when she whips out a golden phallus from the Erotica of the Year Awards, the audience erupts into relieved laughter. At last, a cock joke!

So perhaps it is a tribute to the talents of the previous performers that Graham Duff’s exploration of film dream sequences falls a little flat. In his chronicle of dream tropes Duff brings little personality to what is essentially a string of carefully curated YouTube clips. His talk lurches, half-dressed, through Hammer Horror, Hitchcock and The Avengers and let’s be honest, the male fantasy gets a bit tedious after a while.

The lights come on just as you start to wonder, ‘When do I get to wake up?’

Reviews by Rowan Dent

Brighton Spiegeltent

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★★★★
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The Blurb

A Catalyst Special: The brain is the ultimate pleasure organ so come and get yours stimulated at events designed to blow your mind. Join Dr David Bramwell as he guides you through the mind of Ideal's Graham Duff, the world of werewolf erotica and the trippy bizarre imaginations of cinematic dream sequences. Be warned, the Catalyst regular nights sell-out early so don't delay.