Mediocre White Male

Theatre (storytelling, new writing)

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  • Assembly Roxy - Central
  • 18:00
  • Aug 15
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Will Close and Joe von Malachowski
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes, Strong language/swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months
This show contains discussion of abuse and adult themes.


30, still living in the same town and trapped in a job where he can't open his mouth without offending a younger colleague. Everything seems to be changing but him. He longs for a simpler time of Pokémon cards, school nicknames and stable pronouns. But nostalgia is always dangerous... With his job under threat of cancellation and a figure from his past returning to haunt him, it might just be time to face up to some uncomfortable truths. A tragicomedy about ancient history, recent past and present lies.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Ramp access from ground level. If not using the ramp there is 2 steps into the venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Temporary Ramp

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Corr Blimey (4/5 stars) 28 days ago

Manipulation is perhaps our cruellest and most devastating tool. And there’s a category of people who have been perfecting this technique for centuries. You’ll find them chiselled in the marble of history, adorning the emerald walls of clubhouses and private venues, much like the ones you’ll find in Warwickshire Castle, where a troubled man opens up to the fictional audience of the hardship endured and the struggles after losing a loved one.

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The Stage (3/5 stars) 30 days ago

It’s deftly done and Close has crafted a compelling character study full of irony and pain, but the traumatic twist is telegraphed.

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Gonzo Magazine (5/5 stars) 31 days ago

There’s a great rhythm to the tale, with a couple of suspenseful cliff-hangers, and there’s a few smart reveals and twists and turns in the plot that makes it one of the best shows I’ve seen at the Fringe in the ten years of seeing them.

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The Violet Curtain (4/5 stars) 34 days ago

"With a very intriguing, if not unappealing title, this show certainly surpasses mediocre"

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The Theatre Gal (5/5 stars) 36 days ago

As he starts to delve into his recollections of the relationship, he uncovers various details that suddenly shift the tone and pierce the atmosphere with an unsettling force. Without giving too much away, we are confronted with one side to a story that is crying out for understanding, but the reality sits on the other side of the story which although we never hear directly, we know is where a disturbing truth lies.

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Theatre, Films and Art Reviews (4/5 stars) 37 days ago

As the audience becomes drawn into his world through his light-hearted humour and supposedly innocent conversation. We soon become very aware that there,s a highly toxic undercurrent bubbling away underneath. Close delivers an insight into the toxic and disturbing mindset of a Narcissistic predator.

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