‘Will have you leaving the theatre feeling all warm & fuzzy’: BINGO – Pleasance Theatre

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London Pleasance – until 24 June 2018
Guest reviewer: Amy Toledano

Bingo hits you right where it hurts in this one-man comedy show at the Pleasance Theatre. With its mile-a-minute comedy stylings and all-too-relatable references to the difficulties of being an artist in London, Bingo will have you gasp-laughing the entire time.

Alan Flanagan plays Cormack, an Irishman living in London who loves penis. He makes this very clear from the get-go. What is not so clear is the fact that he has just been diagnosed with a long list of STIs, all of which he knows he could have avoided had he been little more careful. But Cormack lives with the chip on his shoulder that many artists struggle with, and this piece is a lovely homage to the way people can hit bottom and then move forward.

The jokes are constant and while the show begins with edgy material we soon become accustomed to this particular way of speaking. And Cormack becomes more and more lovable.

The relationship that Flanagan has painted between Cormack and his family is a very common one and brings a dark side to Bingo that is unexpected and crushing. Something that also stands out is the choices Flanagan makes in the way his character develops. It could easily be a story of an artist who overcomes everything but instead is the story of a man who is doing the very best he can.

A clearly talented playwright and actor, Flanagan creates a world that is not only drenched in reality but gives you a sensation of hope that will have you leaving the theatre all warm and fuzzy.

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Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.
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Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.