Deported written by Nic Kyle
Coffin written by Elliott Langsdon
Christ’s College Old Boys’ Theatre
Reviewed by Georgia O’Connor-Harding
Having a home-grown performer make a successful career on London’s West End is no doubt a rarity.
And when Nic Kyle puts on an original one-man show and premiers a West End show for the first time in the country, how could any theatre-enthusiast not want to go?
Yet, unfortunately, Kyle’s performance attracted a tiny audience on Saturday.
No surprises in a rugby-mad country – the Crusaders v Chiefs semi-final clearly won out over Kyle’s slick, hilarious show.
Although no one really showed up to that either, so I guess everyone decided to stay home on what was a cold winter night.
But the small audience wouldn’t have discouraged Kyle after the trials and tribulations he has been through during his four-year stint in London. And the performance about his overseas experience was spectacular.
Having little money, facing endless auditions in front of often unfriendly panels and getting deported from the United Kingdom made perfect content for Kyle’s original one-man show, Deported.
Accompanied by Richard Marrett on the piano, Kyle sings and narrates his hilarious tales which include demanding the attention of a disinterested Game of Thrones cast by telling them to put their hands on their heads.
When you hear Kyle sing, you can understand why he stood a better chance than most of having a crack at success on the West End.
Having a strong, crystalline voice, each song Kyle sung in relevance to his story in London was a treat to hear.
I was only surprised Kyle didn’t give more reason during his performance as to why he was deported from the United Kingdom, especially considering it was what the show was named after.
The second half of the show, writer Elliott Langsdon’s dark comedy Coffin, was absolute gold.
Audiences were lucky to be the first in the country to see it after a sell-out season in London.
The most inappropriate and rudest jokes come out in the show about three argumentative brothers waiting for their father’s funeral to begin.
However, you’d have to be cursed with no sense of humour to not find the show funny.
Punch-ups, jokes about each others love life and endless insults make for non-stop laughter. None are appropriate to share in this forum but don’t let that put you off.
Kyle, along with Christchurch performers Matt Hudson and Jack Marshall, each brought their own strengths to the show.
A combination of Kyle as the painfully annoying brother, along with Hudson’s poncey persona and Marshall’s pushover character, had the audience screaming with laughter.
One can only pray this show comes back to the city again, because it is the funniest production I’ve ever seen.