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Jordan Brookes: Bleed review


Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer & Reviewer

Brookes’ new version of Bleed fails to match the Edinburgh iteration, but remains compelling viewing.  

The self-styled “riskiest comic in the biz” has landed at Soho Theatre with a typically arresting show that relies on unsettling honesty and bold sensory tricks to give its creator the laughs he craves.

Bleed, Brookes’ fourth hour-long show, was unfortunate not to be nominated for the main prize at the Fringe, where it stood out in both style and substance.  For the former, Brookes took the punchy decision to use a quirk of the venue – the Pleasance Courtyard’s hustle and bustle – as a pretence for employing technology to extend his efforts to assault the audience’s senses.  Here, in the calmer confines of a darkened performance space, Brookes has had to tweak that conceit to achieve similar results, albeit a little more telegraphed and a little less edgy in its execution.

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Category: Comedy