Chris Washington @ Just the Tonic, The Mash House

A good natured show from Best Newcomer nominee Chris Washington

Review by Ben Venables | 24 Aug 2017
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There's something admirable about the way Chris Washington is resisting the traditional debut show. Having lived an uneventful life, he has no real or small trauma to ponder or embellish into a poignancy-laced Fringe hour. His material instead is modest and mild: craftily-concealed confectionery, how to dodge the extortionate price of ignorance when faced with rogue traders, and an astute observation on the reasons dads give advice.

Washington's able to build a world out of this, and by the end we feel we know his diminutive pal Spud, or what it is like to find ourselves in a WhatsApp Cheese Club, and also to fall in love over the contents of a sandwich.

Where Dream Big stumbles a bit is in Washington's slightly nervy delivery, and a few punchlines get lost in a mild flurry. He does mention he's a bit excited today – and had been award-nominated only hours earlier. This contrasts to the easy-going vibe of his routines, such as on Brookside fandom and taking apart a Dyson. But altogether, he's authentic and like seeing a friend who is full of warmth.

Chris Washington: Dream Big (Within Reason), Just the Tonic at The Mash House, until 27 Aug, 5.40pm, £5/PWYW