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Winner of The Stage award for best solo show
It's Henry's last day at work. Surrounded by thousands of discarded or undelivered compilation tapes he will start, at last, to listen. And he'll find in the tapes unheard stories, stories about himself, about people he knows. About everything.
A new show by Daniel Kitson about memory, hope and a man' last day in a job that has never existed.
Anyone with any experience of Daniel Kitson's previous solo work will not be surprised to learn that his latest theatre piece revolves around romantic ideals of kindness, individualism and pride among the solitary.
Kitson's universe is a binary one; either you are quirky with firmly-held beliefs, even if that leaves you isolated in the conformist, aggressive world, or you are hard-hearted, unpleasant and so part of the problem. There's little room for the necessity of compromise in his endearing fairy tales.
Our hero in this particular touching story is Henry Leonard Boden, a man who spends his day in quiet seclusion; logging and filing every compilation tape ever discarded from his robust but battered wooden desk, complete with Bakelite phone, in a fusty library where one of those ladders on wheels allows you to whiz playfully around the shelves. It's a set that perfectly suits Kitson's own professorial look.
The tapes each represent a moment of hope turned into rejection; tokens of love that used music to say what a hopeful suitor could never put into words now cruelly dumped on to the scrapheap. Henry, who believes everything in life is an 'unmitigated letdown', never listens to the taps, just catalogues them until they become merely raw data to be processed. He once loved his job, but has long found it joyless, even before iPod technology has rendered him almost redundant.
At least, that was what he thought until he receives a mysterious tape addressed to him personally, which reawakens a spirit inside of him.
This is kind of a whodunit, or at least it would be if the guiding hand behind the package wasn't instantly obvious from the few other idiosyncratic characters Kitson introduces. But he wrings out plenty of precious moments from the unfolding tale, and he's a wonderfully descriptive, and often hugely witty, writer with a crystal-clear point of view.
It's not a piece of theatre, but wistful storytelling, and Kitson makes for an engaging narrator of his own tender ideas. C-90 does not depend on the narrative, which is slight, but on defining a model behaviour he would have everyone abide by in his personal utopia. It would be take a hard heart to disagree.
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
I saw C90 in Edinburgh, it was magical moving and slap-your-knee funny. The story and language were excrutiatingly beautiful... Thanks Daniel!
Beautiful. I don't feel eloquent enough to do justice to Daniel's perfect play. A modern day Alan Bennett..but much much faster! One of the best things we've seen at Edinburgh ever.
I and can honestly saw it was the most wonderful thing I've seen in Theatre for a long, long time. I've seen Daniel Kitson perform several times before, and had worried he had lost something in his success, but C-90 is beguiling. A Goosebump inducing script performed with a full heart. I wish him every success with it. He had an entire auditorium laughing like children, it was pure and magical.
A true master of the spoken word. As Glauco said, 'faultless'. Kitson for Prime Minister
I have been raving about this show to anyone who will listen! I rarely find myself moved to tears by shows but with C-90 I was and yet I laughed so much as well. Although I wanted to know the conclusion...I did not want the show to end, I could have listened to him for so much longer (and have done a few times during his stand up shows) Sheer brilliance and without a doubt the highlight of my Fringe experience.
This made me laugh so much it hurt yet it moved me so much I cried. I did not stop grinning throughout the entire performance. In the two days since I saw it I have failed to recall anything I have experienced which was better. Much more than comedy. Faultless.
The show isn't meant to give big belly laughs, but has stories to make you smile, chuckle and ponder. Go along to listen to a man who obviously loves the english language. His enthusiasm for the characters is infectious and he rarely pauses for breath. How he remembers the whole thing i don't know?! If you only enjoy Mr Kitson for the comedy, try his other show, but this is still worth a look
Pretentious nonsense. A laudable effort for a comedian to try something new and fresh, but when I see a comedy legend, I want comedy.
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Honourable Men Of Art 2008
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