Reviewer : R. G. Balgray
A shaggy cat story then? Well, yes and no. Mike Wozniack certainly has a story to tell – several actually – in his Free Fringe turn at the Free Sisters; and the cat definitely features. But so do lots of other things; prompting his quizzical, oblique slant on life.
For Wozniak – who already seems to be attracting something of a cult following, judging by audience reaction – is both raconteur and observer. Like some prequel child of Victor Meldrew and Tony Hancock, he finds his niche in exploring the different voices of frustration (harmonising desperation and mere irritation along the way). His frustration is at the trivial idiocies of modern life, and his own weaknesses in dealing with them. But he finds a winning way in doing so (his hair is an accessory to this, but that’s another matter…), and the laughs keep coming. Because this is no out-of-date oldie howl of rage. He’s also a right-on ethical guy, right ? And we’ve all been there: knowing it’s ridiculous, but conflicted, because we still have to do it, and there we are, we’re all laughing with him, as he gives us a knowing wink. So as his story of the Fringe Cat (because he’s also got some things to say about the Festival, right ?) meanders on, we find ourselves in some strange places he’s lured us into (some of the audience may never be able to look sea bass in the face again).
More than a shaggy cat story then? Yes, definitely. If he can keep this up – a success story.
Runs until 30th August 2015