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Nutshell review: Sparkplug

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Today’s review:

Sparkplug

(Little John Nee)

Margaret McLaughlin’s review: Little John Nee and his arrayment of curious-looking instruments bring the audience on a sensory journey throughout Donegal and a journey through narrative itself.  His poetic stories have a sincere authenticity about them, although quite absurd and often tongue-in-cheek.

Nee uses the entire stage and draws the viewer in with his audio-visual approach to storytelling.  He turns puppeteer in handing out little bells to the audience which are dramatically conducted with a spanner.

The transient journey brings the viewer from tale of red hen, who was buried in an pet cemetery in Donegal, to the thuggery that exists between football groups Celtic and Rangers, to disgust at the banking controversy and then back again to meet a tradesman who enterprises out of bottling the air at the top of Mt Errigal.  His quick comedic wit was expressed in this gut-wrenchingly funny show drawing from nostalgic tales of comedic blues.

In three words? Entertaining. Absurd. Hilarious.

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