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David Callaghan: No Momentum – The Free Sisters, Edinburgh

Reviewer: R G Balgray

In the doldrums. At 26. What has he achieved ? What has he to look forward to ? You can see why David Callaghan picks this as his starting point: a Fringe year of glory two years ago ; followed by its opposite last year. All this, and looking much, much younger than it says on the packet…

A packed – from roof to floor – audience in this tiny venue shared claustrophobia and Callaghan’s journey through embarrassing and awkward experiences, in his Free Fringe turn at the Free Sisters. For the lad (and it’s easy to pigeonhole him as such) has got quite a few things to say about this: sometimes it’s through his gnomic, Milton Jones-esque one-liners (even slower burning at times than the original …); sometimes in his rambles through the heroes of his childhood (is anyone else in the Fringe talking about the changing faces of Rik Ricicles?). But just when you think, hmmmm, this may have gone too far, and taken too long, he catches you out, he hits the mark, and scores in a really unexpected way. What he excels at, along the way, is treading the tightrope of vulnerability – and somehow, a future audience will always sympathise, always love him for it. Callaghan’s definitely got something, and it’s well worth catching his developing shtick –  but be careful to get there early for a seat. Otherwise you’ll become one of the “No entries”; and that will almost certainly mean getting assimilated into the performance …

Reviewed on 8th August 2015, running from 6th – 23rd, and 25th – 30th

Reviewer: R G Balgray In the doldrums. At 26. What has he achieved ? What has he to look forward to ? You can see why David Callaghan picks this as his starting point: a Fringe year of glory two years ago ; followed by its opposite last year. All this, and looking much, much younger than it says on the packet... A packed – from roof to floor – audience in this tiny venue shared claustrophobia and Callaghan’s journey through embarrassing and awkward experiences, in his Free Fringe turn at the Free Sisters. For the lad (and it’s easy…

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