This new piece from the irrepressible Spencer Jones is ostensibly a show about not having a show.
What will he do to put anything together for Edinburgh? How will he cope with his family responsibilities?
The show tonight starts in the dark, with him fumbling in a panic to find a light switch; and finally appearing in a yellow suit (Why?), with a cheesy grin, to explain that he doesn’t know what he’s doing.
It becomes quickly clear that he does know, and the apparent chaos is actually meticulously put together, with frequent mad musical accompaniment from his antics with a loop station, and more and more crazy props.
It’s a show, he says, about things people leave behind; and he produces many surreal-looking things (and people) “left behind” to back this up.
Memories of his supposed old rock band, the Bum Heads, for instance, produce a scene of unparalleled daftness that it’s impossible to convey in words.
Deliciously imaginative visually, verbally and musically, this is a show from a court jester for the 21st century.
It’s a very clever adult take on the fact, as he says, that we’re all just children who have got older. Brilliant.
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Reviewer: John Christopher Wood | Star rating: ****
Spencer Jones performed at the Ring O’Bells in Widcombe, Bath on Thursday 25th July 2019.