Nick Coyle suffers from low self-esteem. At least that’s what the recording of his voice (that he has prepared in advance) leads us to believe – as we watch him toss aside pair after pair after pair… of novelty glasses. And a black veil.
When he has finally discarded his somewhat cartoonish guises he explains in a rather slow and painfully protracted manner, that his girlfriend Jenny has passed away and in her stead he has created a robotic version of his past love called Jen 2. A series of knock-knock jokes follow and we finally discover that Nick is about to offer his audiences a eulogy to his deceased girlfriend AND her lover (a Kiwi named Garth) who has also been relocated to the world of the dead.
Thanks to time-travel abilities of his cyberborg Nick is able to take us with him into his turbulent past. It is a somewhat bumpy ride with regards to narrative but we are offered insights into potential murderous tendencies, explanations of Australian colonial colloquialisms (which became somewhat repetitive) sexual fetishes and finishes with a rather grand anti-climax – i.e. an occasion to show his commitment to this eulogy by risking the nauseous after effects of consuming nuts.
Coyle has moments of hilarity, relatively good pacing and his dancing certainly brought energy to this rather strangely constructed surrealist performance. It was, however, littered with routines that simply did not work and audience interaction while it began on a promising note, simply melted away.
There is much potential here in Nick Coyle’s show but certainly in need of some polish. And perhaps a healthy dose of unwarranted confidence.
The Invisible Dot presents
Venue: Just the Tonic at The Caves (Venue 88) | Edinburgh UK
Dates: Aug 8-11, 13-24, 2014
Part of the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival