Beowulf: The Blockbuster (Pat Moylan Presents A Show In A Bag Production).
A story about a single father in 1980s Ireland. A story about teaching your son to live well. And most of all, a story about stories: how we find meaning in them; how we use them to find meaning in our lives. The central narrative - a dying father telling the story of Beowulf to his son - is crammed with references to Star Wars, Bruce Lee and James Bond, but this isn't mere nostalgia. Rather, writer/performer Bryan Burroughs perfectly captures the way we use the stories we learn to filter experience, as lenses through which we view the world. There's humour, sorrow, wit, warmth...through it all Burroughs is in complete control of our emotions. A masterful performance. Pleasance Courtyard, until 24 Aug.tw rating 5/5 | [Andrew Leask]