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MAN­Cu­NiAN poet Matt Panesh demon­strates a so­cial­ist sen­si­bil­ity straight off by giv­ing over half his show to other Fringe groups. Of course, some might feel ag­grieved at hav­ing a chunk of the ad­ver­tised show shorn away in favour of some­thing else en­tirely, but the “take what you get” na­ture of the Free Fringe means it would be churl­ish to com­plain. Be­sides, he’s largely cho­sen well in terms of his sup­port acts.

So the au­di­ence get half an hour of Panesh in the end, but it feels like that’s all he might be able to man­age at the break­neck, hyped-up level of de­liv­ery he em­ploys. Of east­ern Euro­pean de­scent (one poem con­cerns his grand­par­ents’ su­per­hu­man at­tempts to flee Stalin dur­ing the Sec­ond World War), Panesh’s work is like a throw­back to the 1980s, but that’s no in­sult. he spits in­vec­tive against Bri­tish so­ci­ety’s ills from a van­tage point which sug­gests work­ing­class so­cial­ism, and it’s a re­fresh­ing change on the Fringe to hear a com­edy set de­liv­ered with a real view­point to back it up, par­tic­u­larly as Mark thomas isn’t here this year.

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Un­til to­day, 6:20pm.

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