COM­EDY TOM WRIG­GLESWORTh’S NIGhT­MARE DREAM WED­DING pLEA­sANCE COUrT­yArD (VENUE 33) HHHHH

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REPRIs­ING the suc­cess of last year’s award-nom­i­nated Open Re­turn Let­ter To Richard Bran­son was al­ways go­ing to be a tall or­der for the like­able Tom Wrig­glesworth, and here, the comic of­fers a tale that’s never quite be­liev­able or an ob­vi­ous de­par­ture into out­right fan­tasy. In­deed, I have to con­fess that the video con­clu­sion left me slightly baf­fled, the pulling to­gether of dis­parate plot strands fail­ing to pro­duce a co­her­ent whole.

From his in­trigu­ing filmed open­ing, Wrig­glesworth sets up an am­bi­tious tale of his spon­ta­neous jaunt to Las Ve­gas to get mar­ried, via the en­ter­tain­ing di­ver­sion of a day at the Jeremy Kyle Show.

There­after though, things start to feel in­creas­ingly con­trived, and de­spite some touch­ing in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the per­son­able co­me­dian and his fel­low Kyle au­di­ence mem­ber May. But the nar­ra­tive el­e­ments never make good on their ini­tial prom­ise and the home video qual­ity of his recre­ations only serves to re­in­force the show’s dis­tanc­ing ar­ti­fi­cial­ity.

JAY RIChARDSON

Un­til 29 Au­gust. To­day 6:20pm.

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