Hidden in the depths of Underbelly’s Cowgate venues, there’s a whole feast of a programme to emerse yourself in this festival. Included in this line up is Fringe debut from LAB RATS and Trashed takes us to a fly tipping site in Yorkshire for a high speed account of Keith’s story.
Keith is in his mid thirties and has worked as a bin man since he left school. Dirty and grimy, this script is full of love and loss, and a little bit of asbestos for good measure as Keith lurks in the darkness for a lot of the performance. Struggling to come to terms with the death of his daughter, we are introduced to other people close to him as he chugs can after can of his love for alcohol, his marriages slowly falls apart and makes friends with an unlikely candidate.
There are some loop holes in the script itself and the balance between connecting with Keith and the dark humour which you are not sure whether to laugh or cry at, is a little too off key. David William Bryan has a very strong presence however, and his performance is (aptly) aggressively full on from the very beginning.
Full of swearing, dirt and plenty of strongbow, this one man show is a bit of a rollercoaster for a lunchtime. A moving but funny script, performed with grit and fury.
Trashed | Underbelly Cowgate