The Quotidian Revue

Obsession is the unifying theme in this charming but odd show, which considers the unexplored corners of everyday life. James Ward, Lewis Dryburgh, and Peter Fletcher each do two ten-minute slots expressing their fascinations with ostensibly dull topics, and manage to make each strangely hypnotic and engaging. Ward uses an implausibly mundane range of actual computer games (Forklift Truck Simulator, Garden Simulator etc) as a springboard to discuss the monotony of working life. Later he describes his obsessive quest to track the varying prices of the Cadbury's Twirl across London. Dryburgh takes us through the intricacies of the Boots Meal Deal, and his personal challenge of sampling every one of the thousands of possible combinations. His second piece is a passionate lecture on the overlooked merits of the top floor of multi-storey car parks. Former Royal Mail worker Fletcher muses on the ingenuity of the letter-box design, and relates his memoirs of delivering post. He closes the show with an account of his personal project of recording every one of his sneezes, which he develops into some surprisingly profound conclusions about the nature of our day-to-day existence. This isn't laugh-a-minute comedy, but it's not trying to be, and I admire their effort to do something different among the hordes of more generic stand-up at the Fringe. There are plenty of genuinely funny moments, and despite the glacial pace it somehow manages to be pretty consistently engaging. All three are assured, witty, and erudite, with confident delivery well supported by a sophisticated PowerPoint presentation. It has its slow moments, but as the performers wax lyrical about their mundane obsessions, their boffinish enthusiasm wins you over to their odd passions, and you leave with a sense of perceiving the world slightly differently.

The Blurb

Lewis Dryburgh 'showstopper' (Independent on Sunday), Peter Fletcher 'legendary' (Irish Times) and James Ward ‘strange, funny, moving' (Observer) consider the intangible beauty of car park roofs, the counting of sneezes and the Cadbury Twirl.