Fringe: Tom Neenan - a great storyteller

Theatres are filled with incredible people and fascinating stories - and that's just backstage.

Wednesday, 17th August 2016, 5:22 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:36 pm
Tom Neenan. (Picture by James Deacon)

Tom Neenan: Vaudeville

Underbelly Med Quad (Venue 302)

Rating: ***

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Tom Neenan presents 'Vaudeville' at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 (Pic: Cath Ruane)

Theatres are filled with incredible people and fascinating stories - and that’s just backstage.

When the curtain falls and the audience leaves, then the darker side of life behind the scenes starts to emerge.

Storyteller Tom Neenan delves into a world of ‘magic, malevolence and misfortune’ in his one-man show.

The comedian and writer brings us some smashing tales with minimal props and pretty much nothing to call a set. The show hinges entirely on his storytelling skills,

Tom Neenan presents 'Vaudeville' at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 (Pic: Cath Ruane)

He constructs each one extremely well and, in true theatrical tradition, saves the very best for last.

Death, jealousy, intrigue, a vengeful ventriloquist’s dummy … they’re all in there somewhere!

And the finale is something else too!

There are a number of one man shows and good storytellers at the Fringe this year, and Tom puts in a power of work to his hour long performance.

If you are in the area, this is worth catching.