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Jack Mink: Making Light
Published on Saturday, 27 August 2011

3 stars

theSpace @ Jury's Inn (venue website)
5-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 Aug, 9:10pm-9:55pm
Reviewed by Alice de Cent

 Recommended for age 16+ only.

Drawing inspiration from theatre of the absurd, music hall and silent comedy films, Jack Mink: Making Light is a dark tale that is re-improvised each night.

With the appearance of a silent film clown, and a tendency to philosophise, Mink is an interesting character. A natural storyteller, his musings are peppered with absorbing ideas, but the overly steady pace of the delivery makes them a little hard to spot.

The laughs are a little thin on the ground but there are a few good one-liners. Most of the jokes aren’t wildly original, and understandably for a largely improvised piece, there are moments of greatness and others that don’t really come together.

There is still work to be done on Mink’s physicality. Visually defining himself as a clown and including a great deal of mined actions, he has set himself a great challenge that he has not quite mastered yet.

If you’re expecting fast-paced humour, you’ll be out of luck; but if you forget that this is billed as comedy, then you might be in for an oddly compelling piece of theatre.

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