Hey Gringo! Norwich Arts Centre
MIRANDA YATES These backpackers' tales no doubt gain their smooth stylistic veneer from Peter Searles' background and straight acting. He can afford to rely on the actors gift of steady timing and eschew the comedians jittery dependence on the laughometre.
These backpackers' tales no doubt gain their smooth stylistic veneer from Searles' background and straight acting. He can afford to rely on the actor's gift of steady timing and eschew the comedians jittery dependence on the laughometer.
Peter Searles' Hey Gringo! – seen at Norwich Arts Centre – is more sit down than stand-up, so less frightening live and spotlit and more like ear wigging from a rather charming bar-room raconteur. His persona owes a debt to Bill Bryson – the tourist's naivety and keen trainspotters interest in collecting absurdities are there.
But Searles is very British. His delivery is rather like an old-fashioned BBC children's presenter, well spoken but pleasantly nutty.
Laid-back tales of romantic misadventures and clashes with corrupt and intractable authorities in “C&A” suits are pepped up with well-drawn mime and light mimicry.
But he's unashamedly well connected, and his adventures are peopled with “good blokes” and ex-pat media types, which blunts the edge of the wit and removes the rough bits from the coat of the shaggy dog.
- 1 Meet the three Norfolk businesses featured in Antiques Road Trip
- 2 Family's heartache as dog dies after being hit by Amazon van
- 3 The homeless newlyweds who have lived in their car for a year
- 4 Former Norwich restaurant to be transformed into £1.5m food hall
- 5 'It is really sad': End of an era as popular pub landlords call time
- 6 10-year-old town centre deli announces sudden closure
- 7 A146 closed after three vehicles and motorcycle involved in crash
- 8 People come 'from all over the country' to try this Norfolk seafood platter
- 9 Man set to stand trial accused of teen daughter's murder
- 10 Family pub and restaurant opens outdoor pool to cold water swimmers
It's all terribly polite but there's grace and humanity in his rendering of the people he meets and a natural reserve that presents every last sordid detail from being exploited for the sake of satire.
By the end, you do feel it might have been a jolly wheeze to go with him but you wouldn't want to give up the day job and grow a beard for it.