Review: Daniel Kitson: Keep at Battersea Arts Centre, SW11

0
48

  • Fitness
Daniel Kitson remains a cult hero despite having avoided publicity since winning the Perrier award in 2003 Daniel Kitson remains a cult hero despite having avoided publicity since winning the Perrier award in 2003ALAMY

★★☆☆☆
“Is this enjoyable?” asks Daniel Kitson humbly — or is it mock-humbly? It’s hard to know with Kitson, almost two hours into his latest attempt to reinvent comedy as we know it.

Had he asked, ooh, 75 minutes earlier, I’d have given a wowed: “Is it ever!” Kitson, 41, has been doing things entirely on his own terms since winning the Perrier award in 2003: no television, no radio, no publicity, yet remaining enough of a cult hero to sell out a month at a 500-seat venue such as this.

And for a while this new show, Keep, looks to be another self-styled Kitson classic. It’s pitched somewhere between his stand-up and his more Beckettian theatre shows. It has our host, sitting centre stage in…

Want to read more?Subscribe now and get unlimited digital access on web and our smartphone and tablet apps, free for your first month.Start your free trial

  • Fitness