Kit Sullivan invites us to join him for a rummage inside his head, and it’s an hour of refreshingly thoughtful, daft and funny comedy that’s a full-body work out for the imagination.
Kit Sullivan is a young surrealist comedian from Essex, and the title of his new show, Lad, both reflects his affable everybloke demeanour (he self-deprecatingly references himself as comparable in appearance to a Hollywood Hobbit, but in fact is more like a smaller, less-threatening member of Kasabian) and also ties in with its overarching theme of growth and maturation into adulthood. If that all sounds pretty deep, whilst also a bit worryingly, well, laddish, don’t fear as he’s only an everybloke in as much as he’s pretty strikingly different to most other blokes you may have met, and the only depths plumbed here lie in the slightly precipitous vastness of his imagination and the demands it places on the audience. This is a shortcoming to begin with, as it takes a while for the audience to get fully on board with a show that requires quite a large suspension of disbelief on its part, but Sullivan draws us in with a sure hand (and some group-swearing team-building exercises) until we are definitely all in his parents’ attic, and absolutely not in the classy yet unavoidably bar-like environs of Dragonfly. And I think the attic itself is inside his head. As are we? Let’s say we are.
A show follows that’s filled with hilarious prop gags, absurd physical comedy, pre-recorded flights of energy drink whimsy, and even the odd musical number (he’s aided by an extremely on-the-ball sound tech). The hour sees Sullivan exploring his relationship with his parents, and their feelings about his chosen path as a comedian, all refracted through the seemingly simple task of a rummage through a box of childhood possessions. If that sounds straightforward, it’s really, really not, and I can only recommend you go and check out the show for yourself to get the full picture of just how daft and fun it is. Contrary to the show’s knowingly silly “lost youth” premise (I’m forty, so Sullivan looks about fifteen to me), he’s a very promising young comedian with a bright future, and plenty of space in his parents’ imaginary loft yet to fill – I will definitely be there to see what he digs out next.
Kit Sullivan: Lad, Heroes @ Dragonfly, Until 26th August (not 22nd), 4:40pm