David Trent: Live at the Pleasance Courtyard

David Trent enters to thunderous music and revs up the crowd with a flurry of fist pumps and screaming; only to cut it all off with a delightfully anticlimactic start to the show. We learn quickly that self-deprecation and anti-climax are two tools Trent deftly wields among his multiple comedic talents.

Trent has a rapier wit, a keen eye for the absurd, and is not shy of applying generous lashings of self-deprecation. I highly recommend this finely tuned social commentary.

Trent turns a satirical eye on the modern state of music, society and politics. He airs his grievances with us on the ludicrousness of the world of pop lyrics, the strange realm of products on the web, and the ridiculousness of the efforts of modern-day politicians to be ‘down’ with the kids. What precisely is the meaning behind the lyrics of Blurred Lines? Which mean rappers from the ‘hood does Michael Gove listen to? What’s the best way for Government agencies to keep us all safe from terrorism, and ourselves? If a racist politician started a cooking show; how would they deal with multi-cultural cuisine?

It’s never clear where Trent’s agitated mind will take the show next; there appears to be no overarching theme or connection between topics; more a handpicked selection of issues Trent wanted to share with us. But given the high calibre of his delivery, we quickly trust his judgement and follow him wherever we’re off to next.

Trent augments his performance with a full onslaught of audiovisual splendour; a mash up of news clippings, reworkings of song lyrics, and Trent’s own reimaginings of various events. Trent uses it to great effect; adding levity to his performance. Despite the sound, visuals and wit packing a punch, everything about the show from Trent’s casual dress to his equipment being propped on crates and clearly home crafted clips keeps the whole show grounded with a rather DIY feel.

Trent has a rapier wit, a keen eye for the absurd, and is not shy of applying generous lashings of self-deprecation. I highly recommend this finely tuned social commentary.

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The Blurb

David Trent is back with an exclusive 26 night run. His return to the Fringe is a high-octane audio visual onslaught that promises to be the ultimate in Trentertainment™. David Trent: blowing minds in Edinburgh since 2012. This show contains: Projections. Shouting. Film. Shouting. Audio. Shouting. Shouting. The end. ‘He's come up with a fresh way of commenting on the world we live in’ (Guardian). ‘In a just world, splenetic anger should pay his mortgage’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘A searing blend of live rage and mashed-up video content’ (Scotsman).