Peter Searles' Hey Gringo! Norwich
MIRANDA YATES These backpackers' tales no doubt gain their smooth stylistic veneer from Searles' background and straight acting.
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 'Absolute insanity' - Village' in massive backlash to homes plan
- 2 The most beautiful places to live in Norfolk - according to estate agents
- 3 Eight dogs up for adoption at a Norfolk rehoming centre
- 4 East Norfolk road closed with firefighters at the scene
- 5 'I listen to science': City folk hit back at anti-vax protests
- 6 Emergency services at scene of crash near A47 in Norwich
- 7 Mum describes heartache year on from daughter's tragic death
- 8 Builder of 15 years puts down tools and opens smokehouse restaurant
- 9 Police on hand as anti-vaccine protesters gather in city
- 10 Hope for WASPI women as MPs back compensation call
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.