Strange Face is strange and uplifting and Burdett’s narrative progresses meanderingly, with good humour and moments of real emotional depth.
It’s the small moments and the wry observations that make this show. Burdett’s story tries to emphasise the odd similarities that people will share and the coincidences that bring them together.
Strange Face is strange and uplifting and Burdett’s narrative progresses meanderingly, with good humour and moments of real emotional depth. He remembers the names and the faces of everyone he’s interviewed for this project, and all of them, he says, surprised him. Burdett gleefully proves this by asking the audience to guess from photos of the people he interviewed what kind of music they like; we never got one right. Not all of them had heard of Nick Drake, but almost all of them enjoyed and were moved by the recording. Above all, the show is proof that everyone has a story to tell – and if you stopped a stranger in the street and asked, they’d probably be happy to tell you.
You don’t have to be a Drake fan to enjoy this show, but it might help – not least because the show will encourage you to listen to him anew. Pink Moon is my favourite of his albums too, Michael, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have spent time with it again. A highlight of the show is the reactions of people who’ve never heard of Nick Drake before. One man asks which album of Drake’s he should listen to, and Burdett tells him that they get sadder as they go on. The man smiles: “I’ll listen to them in reverse.”