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Pedestrian

Written and performed by Tom Wainwright

Royal Exchange Studio

24 November 2011

Pedestrian by Tom Wainwright

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.

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