Little book of Masculinity
The Little Pink Book of Masculinity
An airless and small upper room (The Studio) at The King’s Arms in Salford probably wasn’t the best venue choice on a hot and humid Sunday evening, but John Best, the sole performer in this monologue, made us forget that for the duration of his 30 minute set.
In this short time he pillories the various dating sites, the odd ways that those looking for love (?) present themselves, and the bizarre restrictions that they place on those who might be tempted to reply – “No Fatties” or “No Camp” being the least potentially abusive. It’s a very engaging performance, and the mirror he holds to life is amusingly accurate for someone who is only in their twenties.
On an aesthetic note, John is very nicely put together and disrobes just enough to inflame the passions.
I feel sure that his Mum (in the audience) would feel very proud on the night, as after all, her support must have been vital to his personal journey and to the structure and content of the piece.
As a first attempt I’d give this show 8 out of 10. Once this tryout is over, I think it could be enlarged to a longer performance and then it would be a sure fire hit.
Paul Schofield for Canal St Online.