Writer: Daniel Kitson
Reviewer: Tracey Lowe
Tell most British comedy fans you are paying a visit to the Edinburgh Fringe, and they will ask if you’re going to see Daniel Kitson. Shunning the press and the other channels popular comedians take, Kitson communicates with his fan base through his mailing list only. And since he doesn’t release DVDs, the only guaranteed way to see a Daniel Kitson show is to physically go and see it.
Kitson has two types of shows; storytelling shows and stand-up shows. As of 1.52pm… is the former, and there is nothing straight-forward about it. The concept is that Daniel Kitson has written a play about him writing a play. But the show consists of Kitson reading all the scenes of the play, including those discussing the writing process and the eventual play itself, and giving a few witty insights to the audience.
This description alone may be enough to let people off, but there’s nothing inaccessible about this piece. Kitson is his usual warm, loveable self, and strangely being self-deprecating and arrogant at the same time. The eventual play within the play, a lovely story about an old man, Max, telling tales of his life to Connie, an attentive nurse, is absolutely great with just the right level of whimsy. The story of Daniel’s writing process also doubles up as a love story between himself and his friend, Jen. There is a lot going on but it is never hard to follow and the audience are never overwhelmed with information.
Only Daniel Kitson could deliver a show like this and not be accused of being pretentious. He turns a high-concept piece into a wonderful hour of entertainment that will appeal to absolutely everyone. Grab a ticket if you can.
Runs until 26th August