The last time Tim Key played The Dancehouse he clambered across the stage trying not to touch the floor by instead treading on a range of objects scattered about the space and employing the aid of two game audience members on whom he leant. It was a surprisingly edge-of-seat moment. Masterslut, Key’s follow up to Slutcracker his Edinburgh Comedy Award winning show, is undoubtedly as odd as its predecessor. Key’s certainly not your regular stand up, in fact he’s not really a stand up at all. More of a poet, and not a regular one of those either. Drawing lyricism from the banal, he doesn’t edit any of his poetry. Rarely is anything re-drafted preferring the ‘dashed off’ approach. In addition there are short films dotted through his shows; made with J Van Tulleken think a cross between French art-house and the Guinness ads with Monty Python absurdity. Last time he was accompanied on stage by a fridge freezer. This time he may or may not have a bath with him.

Sat 20 & Sun 21 Oct, The Dancehouse, 10 Oxford Road, M1 5QA. Tel: 0161 237 1413, 8pm, £15 /12

Sat 20 Oct - Sun 21 Oct
Marissa Burgess
Published on:
Wed 17 Oct 2012