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Matthew Highton's Shadowed Vagary
Come wander into Highton’s beautifully strange comedic mind as a series of hilarious and outlandish ramblings twist and unfold on stage, taking you on another mesmerising and bemusing journey that pushes the boundaries of conventional stand up. Watch as Highton unwinds an extraordinary mystery in front of your very eyes; this is an absurdly unique stand up experience not to be missed.
Matthew Highton’s Shadowed Vagary
Let’s get the obvious comparison out of the way first; there is a touch of Noel Fielding about Matthew Highton’s charmingly surreal adventure of how his crush on an office receptionist ended up as a battle for the future of the planet.
But although the influence is there, Highton is his own man, with a tall tale that establishes him as a engaging storyteller with a head for witty fantasy. However his world is not entirely fanciful, as one of his strengths is that for a yarn that involves a murderous Patrick Moore, miniature hadron colliders and Mickey Rourke’s peacock with its beguiling feathers, he does at least begin in a credible reality.
Before we embark on our adventures, Highton engages in a little audience warm-up, in which he’s called to deal with an annoyingly gobby woman in the front row, ‘helping’ with her ‘useful’ contributions after almost every freaking sentence. He dealt with her with grace and good humour, though a firmer hand should have been employed later, as he couldn’t quite get her to shut up. Still he has a appealing way with the audience in general, as he warmly delivers segments of universal stand-up on subjects such as working in a dead-end job, while introducing some of the more unusual details he’ll call upon later.
The narrative flicks between the potentially real and the definitely unreal, as he drops in ideas both pettily silly and ambitiously inventive and film references, both subtle and blindingly obvious, to help drive along the increasingly improbable escapade. He sometimes gets too self-indulgent, with sections such as the David Bowie poses crying out for being reined in, but mostly keeps things on track.
The conclusion, too, is a bit clumsy; an over-elaborate denouement that abandons any slight hope that you may still be suspending your disbelief as he calls back to so much that’s gone before that it becomes clunky.
So it’s a flawed debut hour, but a clear flag in the ground to signal his intention as a comic who tries something different. The promise Highton has is obvious, and it should only take minor adjustments for him to ensure the balance between flights of fantasy and a tight show is tipped in favour of the latter – then he could have something quite special.
|Date of live review: Wednesday 24th Aug, '11|
Review by Steve Bennett
Imagine a Salvador Dali painting weaved together as a cinematic hollywood narrative, that is then delivered by a look-a-like cross between David Bowie and Russel Brandt. This is Mr Highton's latest stand up routine ongoing at the Fringe here in Edinburgh. There are multiple streams of consciousness, and then there is the magical mystery web that requires no less than both hemispheres of your brain to deliver the final punchline that is this show. Result: see it! and revel in the moments of dumbfoundedness, also little tip: answer Matt's questions with as weird an answer as they deserve - the show will get even better. This show might just be a new form of psychoanalytical therapy, so go prepared to be lobotomised!
Imagine a Salvadore Dali painting weaved together as a cinematic Hollywood narrative, that is then delivered by a look-a-like cross between David Bowie and Russell Brand. This is Mr Highton's latest stand up routine ongoing at the Fringe here in Edinburgh.There are multiple streams of consciousness, and then there is the magical mystery web that requires no less than both hemispheres of your brain to deliver the final punchline that is this show.rnrnResult: see it! and revel in the moments of dumbfoundedness, also little tip: answer Matt's questions with as weird an answer as they deserve - the show will get even better. This show might just be a new form of psychoanalytical therapy, so go preparred to be labotomised!