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Bullring Techno Makeout Jamz at the Royal Court Theatre

Nathan is out there, he’s on the dating scene, he’s meeting people, but something isn’t quite right. Bullring Techno Makeout Jamz is a slick new piece of theatrical pseudo-standup that shifts swiftly from light observation to quite touching introspection with a deft hand.

Bullring Techno Makeout JamzNathan’s love life has been described by many people as many things, unfortunately, none of them are positive. He is, however, an outrageously charming, charismatic and joyful individual. Not only does he declare that he is a three-time champion ’employee of the week’ at the call centre, but everyone he meets cannot help but fall in love with him, the audience included.

This tight hour of storytelling revolves around his struggling dating life, and from a few sharp anecdotes, we can put together that it is not going well. Nathan seems to be confident that the problem is not him, he strides around the stage telling us that he’s a ‘catch’. But throughout the play, it is hard to ignore that something else is not well underneath this bubbly person. In the final moments of the play, this is explored well, with some touching reflection and introspection.

Nathan Queely Dennis plays Nathan, and he drips with charisma. He leads the audience with slick asides and witty observations, and we hang on his every word. Queely Dennis is also behind the writing of this script and while the play does venture unforeseeably into some complicated and unexpected subject matter, it becomes quite didactic and loosing what is an otherwise layered, considered piece.

Ruta Irbite’s design is blissfully understated. The stage is simply a red carpet that hangs down from the wall and provides our performer with a vibrant playing space to cast his stories.

Underneath all of this are interesting conversations and reflections on masculinity, home and the expectations one faces. Nathan is not sure how to relate to his father, and can’t quite work out who he is or where he is going. It is this part of the story that pulls the audience beyond a witty monologue and by the end of the play, the audience is certainly moved.

4 stars

Review by Tom Carter

Trim? Fresh.
Skin? Glowing.
Vibes? Immaculate.

Nathaniel is a serious romantic who sees love as a fine art. He’s looking for the Mona Lisa to his da Vinci, and tonight is the night: his date with Destiny…’s Child.

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