TNC Classic Review | 2013
"Paul Currie wonderfully performs The Sticky Bivouac with a skill of a performer who has decided to give every show everything he's got."
The Sticky Bivouac
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013
One of the things that will surprise you about Edinburgh Fringe is how mainstream some of the shows are. The popularity of the festival means that a weird balance has to be struck which sees shows deviate from the fringe ethos. At its heart Fringe Theatre, Comedy is about breaking from the mould of conformity or theatrical traditions and create shows that are wildly different and unique. Though there is still a huge range of originality at the festival there are far fewer shows that keep the true pure spirit of what fringe is.
That was until I saw Paul Currie’s The Sticky Bivouac.
The first indication that the audience is aware that the show has started comes in the form of a tiny plastic hand on a black pole that slowly finds its way across the stage. Stopping for a moment to tap the old-time microphone the little plastic hand continues its journey into the audience. Slapping a head or a face along the way and as it continues its climb up into the audience we get the first glimpse of Currie, wearing a dapper three-piece suit.
Even with the pace Currie creates and the franticness of some of the scenes Currie never deviates from the narrative he's created. From his Take On Me to the Cornflake scene Currie creates something not just stunning but a brilliant example of his creativity, originality and a daring confidence. Currie never doubts himself or lacks the balls to pull the audience into his most surreal world.
"He stretches out the awkwardness his audiences’ laughter might create and moves on never stopping to explain or to comfort the few of us who are confused."
The only job an audience has in Currie's show is to sit back and watch in awe at what he is creating as you're not likely to see something that seems so naturally insane, funny and creative quite like this. The babies’ hand at the beginning was a great introduction to a show that would have little dialogue and even fewer structured jokes. He stretches out the awkwardness his audiences’ laughter might create and moves on never stopping to explain or to comfort the few of us who are confused. And this is what he revels in.
The Sticky Bivouac has a challenge for a Fringe audience as it has to try and stand out in a sea of hundreds of comedy shows...and it does. The uniqueness of Currie's comedy can be credited to all the elements of performance, music, theatre, costumes, presence, skill, and humour.
Paul Currie wonderfully performs The Sticky Bivouac with a skill of a performer who has decided to give every show everything he's got. By not holding back in the slightest Currie makes a deal with his audience and it pays off. This is not just about having confidence but the ability to create real comedy, that rare type of comedy that last and makes it impossible for you to describe what the hell you have just witnessed.
The Sticky Bivouac is one of the Best EdFringe shows of the year.