Nick Mohammed In Apollo 21

Forty years after the moon landings Buzz Aldrin (aka Nick Mohammed here) has got together a group to take us through his experiences of being the second man on the moon. It is a nice idea and lends a clear structure to the piece as Aldrin charts the entire process of the journey from the preparations to the medical, lift-off and the in-flight entertainment, before culminating with the actual landing.Mohammed is certainly an engaging host. He has bags of energy and propels the show forward with his fast-paced routine. He is not afraid of throwing himself about both physically and vocally and really pushes himself to the max; particularly during a rant about the choice of music on the journey up, used to great comic effect. Despite the fast pace, he manages to maintain a conversational feel throughout and does achieve an intimate atmosphere in the packed venue. The presentation is often very visual. My favourite moment by far was the lift-off, thanks to a superb “special effect” which rendered an absolutely beautiful and magical sight. Much kudos must go to the lighting designer here too for a really sensitive yet colourful addition to the moment. The ring of fluorescent stars on the floor also lends beauty to the piece in a really subtle touch.

Reviews by Damian Sandys

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The Blurb

All-new character comedy 40 years after man landed on the moon, from star/writer of BBC Radio 4 series 'Quarters'. 'Superb' (Time Out). 'Choke-on-your-beer funny' (Scotsman). **** (Independent). Sell-out 2007/08. www.nickmohammed.com

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