Harry Stachini @ Just the Tonic, Caves
Harry Stachini provides a steady stream of chuckles in a well observed debut
Harry Stachini explains early on that he believes we laugh because we find things surprising. He does well to prove this over the hour with some well observed characterisations and anecdotes. He’s got a relaxed and engaging presence on stage, surprising then that he worked at a Pupil Referral Unit for a year and a half. His observations from his work are some of the best in the show, and he does well to characterise the kids he worked with respectfully, making them both endearing and funny.
Whilst he produces some other neat observations about family life and buying a home, it doesn’t quite reach the same heights as the school material in its uniqueness.The strength of the show comes from his mature observations, and how he finds parallels between sections to build up various themes. The tying together of different threads about his family and moving forward in life, running beside the development of the school kids he mentions, works well to give the show a focus towards the end.
Stachini seems to have a good handle on who he is as a performer, whilst his confidence and engagement make for an enjoyable, comfortable hour.
Harry Stachini: Tigers Don't Cry, Just the Tonic @ The Caves (Just the Spare Room), until 25 Aug, 7.35pm, £5/PWYW