Revisiting her quirky best, Claudia O'Doherty presents The Telescope, a spot of wildly schizophrenic theatre. Those familiar with her work are bound to note the sheer expanse of O'Doherty's vision this time around, her madcap craft intensified.
The Telescope essentially refers to the show O'Doherty would rather perform, having grown disenchanted with comedy. As such, her new direction hijacks the evening. Before long, though, The Telescope itself spins out of control - mistakes made and cues missed - and the very fabric of the show is reduced to tatters. Suddenly at sea, O'Doherty is left to hastily improvise, as well as somehow maintain the integrity of her new, super-serious direction.
Of course, it's all an act. O'Doherty is, in reality, in complete control - that's the point. The fact that you still buy into the illusion of her flustered incompetence, though, is the sign of a truly talented comic performer. You're sucked into her world, left to wonder just where you might end up in an hour's time - and, indeed, if even O'Doherty herself could tell you. The only choice left is to follow O'Doherty's fascinating mess to its natural conclusion. It's a wild ride, too: The Telescope is beguilingly bipolar and all the more brilliant for it.
The show is more than the sum of its quirks, however. O'Doherty herself is a charming and utterly lovely performer, showcasing great enthusiasm and versatility in her comedy. O'Doherty's ingenious show is very funny and, pleasingly, it's hard to pin down her expertise or the exact science behind the show's success. If you were to try, you'd end up with something resembling a busy university noticeboard. Put simply, The Telescope has plenty to offer.
All in all, The Telescope is absurd, enchanting and well worth checking out. Make it your business to be whisked away by O'Doherty's hilarious incoherent gem of a show.