Broadway Baby

Less a comedy show and more an inventive piece of storytelling, Michael Workman presents an immersive tale of love and freedom of speech.

Set in 1960s Cuba, Augustus is exiled by Fidel Castro for voicing controversial opinions in an obscure newspaper. Leaving a wife and newborn daughter, he is sent out to sea in a boat called Mercy and left to face the dangers of the ocean alone. What follows is a poetic story about introspection, determination and holding on to principles.

Rather tentatively labelled a comedy show, this is not a performance that should be watched by someone in search of quick gags and easy laughs. Rather, it is a poignant and thought provoking exploration of the imagination, presented in a similar vein to Daniel Kitson.

Incorporating beautifully played keyboards with projections of hand drawn illustrations on a homemade 60s style TV, the audience quickly become immersed in the magical story that features talking sharks, a star-creating sage and an angel named Keith. Delivered by a highly expressive Workman, it is not a performance of many laughs but more a heartwarming fable that will leave you deeply touched.

Though not for everyone, it is well worth taking a look at if you are in search of something different as you will undoubtedly find yourself at the mercy of Workman’s storytelling ability.

Venue Number 24. Gilded Balloon at Third Door, 45‰лв47 Lothian Street, EH1 1HB. 1-26 August 12:45 (1 hour). Suitability: 16+.

The Blurb

Winner - Best Comedy, Adelaide Fringe 2012. In 1960s Cuba a man is exiled for criticising Castro. Pushed out to sea with a pile of cabbages, Augustus must return home. A comedy about family, love and strength.

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