Paul Savage Finds Every Joke in the Bible 3*** - One4Review
one4review | On 19, Aug 2014
I am continually encouraged by the fact that people will put on shows which require brains to be engaged, and that audiences will attend them. This show is literary criticism and interpretation which also happens to be pointing out all the funny and silly bits.
There is no proselytising or campaigning, nor any judgement, in this show, and Mr Savage is keen to emphasise this at the beginning. But it’s fantastically interesting to have someone properly recount those half-remembered stories from school and then ask what that would really look like, or how that would actually work. As a bonus, it’s quite funny too, as well as providing some insights into a non-doctrinal interpretation of the Bible: how does one reconcile a loving God with the God who smites people in the Old Testament? Paul’s notion is to re-imagine him as an east-end gangster – which does make a sort of sense.
There’s good use of visual aids, and while it sounded a little mechanical and rote to start with, once we were in full swing it was all very smooth.
Reviewed by Laura
Dragonfly (Venue 63), 16:20