Alasdair Beckett-King: Nevermore

The Pleasance Dome
August 10 – 21, 23 – 29 (19.00)

Tucked away in an upstairs room at The Pleasance Dome (the Jack Dome) on Bristo Square was a man waiting with a suitcase and a shock of hair that would make Goldilocks jealous. Alasdair Beckett-King was calmly observing his incoming audience for the evening’s show, Nevermore. We were about to witness the bardic of storytelling in a comedy context, where good subject matter is key – and Alasdair nailed it.

A journey through Alasdair’s life was like swimming with sharks, you never knew when the next bite was coming in this rollercoaster of a show. If we were the chips, his tales were the salt; as he sprinkled us with accounts of childhood swimming scandals, cloned transport workers and certain mermaids that were sure to give any fisherman a heart attack… & then, insults hurled at you by sea-shells pulled huge laughter from an already giggly audience.

With the positivity of a proper optimist, stating the obvious can be a personal awakening, and Alasdair’s claim to being an Englishman in a Scotsman’s body couldn’t have been more true. Welcome to Edinburgh mate, you’re one of us. Hilarious & side-splitting, this is a tongue-in-cheek masterpiece & an hour passes like a hurricane on roller blades. ‘Forget anxiety and stress, life’s too short,’ says Alasdair, better hop aboard his comedy & have the ride of your life. Excellence is an understatement !!


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