John-Luke Roberts: All I Wanna Do Is [FX: GUNSHOTS] With a [FX: GUN RELOADING] and a [FX: CASH REGISTER] and Perform Some Comedy! 5***** - One4Review
one4review | On 05, Aug 2018
John-Luke describes this show as a ‘manifesto for absurdity’, a celebration of the fact that most of life doesn’t confirm to neatly plotted narrative arcs, and an acknowledgement that this is okay, is even a source of amusement. It might also be described as a master-piece, the work that an apprentice submits to demonstrate they’ve utterly and entirely mastered their craft. The show is exquisite, with every last element fine-tuned to perform its function.
Describing the show, however, in any depth or with any specific detail would spoil what the show is: the magic and amusement lies in the unexpected, in not knowing what will come next and being delighted when it appears and you’re shocked into poorless giggles. This show has a pure sort of absurdism: you would never imagine that this would follow that, but the world is a more interesting and amusing place now that it has.
For some people, this stuff just won’t be funny, but for others, we were helpless with laughter. For those that are willing but maybe not so familiar, the show has a structure and a rhythm which helps the audience keep up, and J-L himself sometimes emerges from the myriad of characters, giving the show a little bit of grounding in ‘normality’. J-L also takes time to explain his thesis at the start and towards the end, so you know what you’re getting into – with a complete lack of pomposity or sanctimony, but a big dollop of sincerity and persuasiveness.
A master at work.
Reviewed by Laura
Assembly George Square Studios, 17:30
Until 27th August