Tuxedo Cat – Blue Room Until 17 March 2012
Review by Nikki Gaertner
Written and performed by Stuart Bowden, “The Beast” is a storytelling piece with music, telling the tale of Winslow, a beast who lives in a dark cave and longs to connect with people in the world outside his own.
Bowden is a quiet and likeable performer, and slowly draws you in to the story, navigating between chapters with songs sung from Winslow’s perspective, accompanied by ukulele and/or keyboard. Particularly clever and entertaining is the constant use of a phase looper, enabling Bowden to create multi-part harmonies and accompaniment instantly during the course of the show.
This show is humorous in parts and touching in others, and will particularly appeal to those with a touch of youth in their hearts – leaving you with a smile on your face and a tear in your eye.
It is definitely worth a look, to take you away to a quiet and different world during the madness of the Fringe. So spend an hour getting to know Bowden and Winslow in this unique and charming theatre experience.
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)