Christopher Bliss @ PBH Free Fringe, Voodoo Rooms
A novel approach to books and writing from Christopher Bliss…
Nerdy Christopher Bliss is not only the nicest wordsmith you'll ever meet, he also has the ability to make you see the world in a brand new way. Never mind that he’s getting almost everything wrong: mistaking an apology note for a novel, backstroke for swimming upside down, and The Communist Manifesto for a ghost story.
In his sky blue anorak and horn-rimmed glasses, Bliss conducts a hugely uplifting literary salon during which he shares insights he’s picked up over the years as the best novelist in his village (he churns out three novels a day, in between swims and baths). So we are given sage lessons on how to write: start politely, use words with a ‘Z’ in them, mention breasts when things get dull. And we get samples to prove Bliss’s barmy rules actually work in practice: lovely readings from his latest book about nerdy hero Andrew Shivers and his troubles with school bully Nicholas Bigboy. Audience participation is welcome and always received with a winningly rhotacistic “brilliant” from Bliss.
This is a warm and witty show with a charming, nuanced character at its heart – Bliss is played by talented actor-comedian Rob Carter. No doubt some will moan that he’s making fun of an idiot savant, but unlike Ricky Gervais with his obnoxious take on a similar character in Derek, Carter makes Bliss the hero. And by the end, you’ll be glad to have had the chance to see the world through his bottle-bottom glasses.
Christopher Bliss: Writing Wrongs, PBH Free Fringe @ Voodoo Rooms, until 27 Aug (not 14), 2.55pm, Free