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S. J. Parris and Stephanie Merritt

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Edinburgh festival 2015 comedy - heckling iPods, improv ballads and feminist rap

Sunday 16th August 2015

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Daniel Kitson doesn’t do comedy any more. At least, so the former Perrier award winner tells an audience member who fondly recalls the sweary, late-night standup of his early years at the fringe. Now, he makes theatre – “This is clearly acting, mate,” he explains, while another voice from the audience objects that it clearly isn’t.

The twist is that all these interjections are actually coming from iPods with handheld speakers – 15 of them – which have been given out to members of the audience. It quickly becomes apparent that, rather than a digression from the play we have supposedly come to see, these recorded objections and Kitson’s live self-justifying responses are the performance.

He sends himself up gleefully – there are voices representing the uncritical judgment of his adoring fans, while others point out that he always makes essentially the same show, usually about old age, loneliness and memory...

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