Innes McQuillin

Edinburgh Fringe review: Ray Peacock, Here Comes Trouble

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Most people hide their lapses, their moments of unintended stupidity. It’s the opposite with Ray Peacock; he’s stitched together his moments of intended stupidity for our entertainment.

The contrary side of Ray’s nature was evident from the ear-splittingly loud music that announced his arrival. Why inflict that on an audience? Especially as he confessed he’d been advised not to use it.

It was to be a recurring theme of the show. He was his own man and he’d go his own way, whatever the consequences.

With ground to make up, Ray quickly recovered thanks to some cracking stories of his madcap antics. And he has been a very naughty boy. Not bad naughty: more spur of the moment whatever enters your head naughty that most lose along with childhood. It’s also known as fun.

And as he began to weave in more personal stories about his relationship, his parents and his mental health the show becomes something more.

Still funny, it becomes a thought provoking journey of discovery for Ray to understand his darker side and, particularly, why he’s drawn to obsessively, compulsively, getting himself into trouble. As the appreciative audience showed with their laughter and applause, it’s a journey well worth sharing.


Date of live review: 20 August 2014 @ Underbelly

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