Theatre review: Sock Puppet
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Sock Puppet at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), reviewed by Sally Stott
It takes a certain kind of person to go and see a Fringe show about a haunted sock; one who thinks nothing of buying a pint of beer a few hours after they’ve got up. The sort who knows exactly what the festivals are about – namely, odd little shows like this which you’d struggle to find anywhere else.
John-Luke Roberts’s off-the-wall one-man performance tells the story of a mediocre East London artist who becomes haunted by a red sock claiming to be the ghost of a small French boy, despite talking with a broad Yorkshire accent. It’s all deliberately lo-fi – “You’re going to have to put some effort in,” he warns at the start – but an amusing step outside what you might expect from theatre.
Roberts is an engaging storyteller and while it requires a leap of faith to buy into the concept (the sock really is just a sock), some nice observations on daily life stop things from becoming too surreal. It’s a piece that has the potential to be sharper, funnier and more profound, but as it stands it is an enjoyable and entertaining way to start the day.
MORE INFO: Sock Puppet is at Pleasance Courtyard
Originally published in The Scotsman