Written and performed by Tom Wainwright
Royal Exchange Studio
24 November 2011
This monologue by Tom Wainwright fairly reeks of contemporary Britain.
Some parts of it – say the account of the lunch half-hour at Tesco’s – feel like stand-up, but even here the observations on the whole ring true. There’s a fantastical aspect to it, involving a fish of all creatures, the surrealist’s friend. What I like best of all about it, though, is the venom: there is a barely audible snap whereby reasonableness turns to exasperation and gradually morphs into a full-on rage. That’s modern Britain in a thumbnail pic: impatience, spleen, disgust. We are all Evelyn Waugh now.
Tom Wainwright’s performance, the actual physicality of it, was one of the surprising high-points of the work. Oh, and he’s in a dream, walking along a street. I neglected to mention the set-up at the start.
Pedestrian is at the Royal Exchange’s Studio until Saturday 26 November, details here.