Company: David Parkin, Leicester, UK
Genre: Musical Theatre
Venue: 3 - The Playhouse Studio
It’s not the easiest of material to tackle in an hour-long show, but David Parkin is admirably candid about his experiences with depression.
Near the beginning of Good Friday
, performer David Parkin accurately describes his one-man monologue as an "hour long therapy session set to music."
What follows is a thoughtful, quiet exploration of his descent into and eventual recovery from depression.
It's not the easiest of material to tackle in an hour-long show, but Parkin is admirably candid about his experiences. Accompanied by piano, he musically recounts pivotal moments in his grapple with the often debilitating illness.
You'd be right in thinking that spending 60 plus minutes on the topic of depression doesn't sound like a lot of fun. While he's an affable enough performer, Parkin's attempts at humour and audience engagement are decidedly hit-and-miss.
The entire production is nearly derailed after a rendition of a musical interlude entitled "Wanna go on a Killing Spree" - which is just as cringe-inducing as it sounds.
And while the show should be applauded for tackling the taboos surrounding mental illness, be warned that it doesn't make for a particularly thrilling Fringe experience.