Review: Boxman

Boxman. Pic: Comp

Boxman. Pic: Comp

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BOXMAN lives in a box in the corner of his living room. Reeling from the departure of his wife and child, he frets, sweats and records memos on his dictaphone for company.

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GILDED BALLOON, TEVIOT

On meeting Mandy-with-the-sexy-librarian-glasses in his local branch of ASDA, he gets himself a job in the wine and spirits aisle of the supermarket to be near her. But he’s a recovering alcoholic.

This is a darkly comic monologue from Edinburgh-born writer and actor, Ruaraidh Murray, responsible for previous sell-out Fringe shows, Big Sean, Mikey and Me (2012) and Bath Time (2013).

It’s a self-assured performance from an endearing actor. Despite the peculiar fastidious nature of Boxman, Murray’s portrayal keeps us laughing with him and never at him. And by the end of the play, we really want him to get the girl.

There are some very funny moments in this monologue - escapades by the banana section in ASDA are an early highlight. Music punctuates his adventures nicely: a well chosen ‘One is the loneliest number’ welcomes us to our seats. And capable direction from Tim Stark delivers surprising variation in pace, mood and tone in such a small space.

This is a fun and funny show from a local boy. Catch him here before he hits the big screen.

Until 25 August