Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Reluctant Hero Stands out from the Crowd; Edinburgh Theatre

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Reluctant Hero Stands out from the Crowd; Edinburgh Theatre

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Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD

DANIEL KITSON'S IT'S ALWAYS RIGHT NOW, UNTIL IT'S LATER Traverse PHEW, at last. This is the only five-star show of this year's Fringe, and one so magnificent it makes you wonder why most of the others even bother trying. On a large stage, bare except for some suspended light bulbs, a stepladder and a wooden chair, one man, Daniel Kitson, narrates a story so transfixingly splendid that it has us laughing through our tears and crying through our laughter, all the while gulping in admiration.

Kitson is, of course, the reluctant, Perrier Award-winning stand-up turned solo theatre-maker, whose barely-publicised shows are an annual Edinburgh treat. This year, he surpasses himself in ambition, as well as words per minute. His torrents of verbal invention are an ambrosia and nectar smoothie for the ears.

"This is not a love story. It's no more a story about love than the Bible is a story about woodwork" he announces, before commencing the almost entirely unconnected accounts of two ordinary people, Caroline Carpenter and William Rivington, moving forward from the former's birth and backwards from the latter's death. …

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