Theatre review: Gary Busey’s One-Man Hamlet as Performed by David Carl
Theatre review: Gary Busey’s One-Man Hamlet as Performed by David Carl

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Gary Busey’s One-Man Hamlet as Performed by David Carl, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★ If YOU fancy a madcap, unpolished but defiantly unpretentious reimagining of Shakespeare’s tragedy, this ramshackle one-man Hamlet is for you and your (ideally) drunken, stoner mates. David Carl gives an oddly conceived but convincing …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Gary Busey’s One-Man Hamlet as Performed by David Carl, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott

★★

If YOU fancy a madcap, unpolished but defiantly unpretentious reimagining of Shakespeare’s tragedy, this ramshackle one-man Hamlet is for you and your (ideally) drunken, stoner mates.
David Carl gives an oddly conceived but convincing performance as actor and Celebrity Big Brother winner Gary Busey, using cardboard cut-out props, action movie stills and the odd roar to turn scene-upon-scene into surreal little sketches.

Carl is a genuinely funny guy, as the spontaneous Q&A proves at the end, but unfortunately far funnier when he’s ad-libbing, as opposed to doing the show which, without a sufficiently sharp script, soon wears thin despite his hurricane-like energy.

Underbelly (Venue 61), until 30 August, 5:50pm

Published in The Scotsman on 24 August 2015

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