Graham Dickson’s performance in this absurd piece of comedy never once faltered. His delivery is outstandingly committed, engaged and funny, his characters are complete and distinct, and the script is written with stylish assurance, hanging together neatly and cleverly. In the show, Dickson presents the life and works of Grigoriy Alexeivich Dhukov, a largely overlooked Russian writer who wrote such literary gems as ‘The Girl in the Theatre’, a short story about a laughing girl which Dickson directed entirely at me (again, not even faltering when his eyes flicked over and spotted the press pass around my neck).
This show had me laughing so much the man sitting next to me gave me a funny look. The anti-punch lines come thick and fast, one following before anyone has had a chance to process the absurdity of the one before.
The show very soon turns very meta, with Dickson and his director Hamish MacDougall (whose voice provided commentary throughout) slipping in and out of the presentation of the works of Dhukov, to discuss the show and how it was going. This was generally funny and worked to a degree, even if there was some slight nuance lost as the piece became increasingly self-referential towards the end.
I find it disconcerting how hilarious absurd comedy can be, and this is absurd comedy achieving its disconcerting potential (by which I mean it’s hilarious). Please go if you like laughing.