Trevor Lock's Community Circle

Comedy (absurdist)

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A social experiment? A support group for people looking to find their own comedy? 12-step meeting? Literal mind-reading show? A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? (Unless you go back the next day?) A prayer group? A waste of everyone's time and money? Those who wish to participate are free to do so, as are those who prefer to sit back, relax and watch the spectacle unfold. 'Blew me away. An absolute masterclass in comedy performance' (Scotsman). '100% gag-free. Clever without being a smartarse. About as much fun as you can have without taking your kit off' (Mirror).

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Sean Davis 61 days ago

Community Circle (Trevor Lock) (***)
The audience is arranged in a circle, and after an introduction to this play without content, Lock asks five people to volunteer to write their ongoing thoughts in journals he provides, and then proceeds to pick up the journals and read them out loud as the session continued. I generally feel that dramatic shows built around audience participation may be fun, but lack depth, and, despite Lock’s winning personality, this was no different. There were many laughs as one woman took on the role of media documenter a little too seriously, as she took photos of every little thing.

This was the 77th most enjoyable of the 113 Fringe shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

Carolyn W 62 days ago

Cannot agree with the previous review. This is a very funny show - refreshing approach, original and clever. Audience members have nothing to fear. We enjoyed it very much.

Derek Hogg 67 days ago

Summerhall isn’t known for comedy, so in this respect Trevor Lock’s show didn’t disappoint. However, Summerhall is known for powerful thought provoking innovative theatrical performance, of which this show was none. I did have high expectations, from the vague descriptors, ‘social experiment’, ‘absurdist’..... but what we actually got was a circuit warm up comedian, sitting in a room with 30 slightly bemused Summerhall theatre fans, and then asking for volunteers to write notes about what was happening in the room, and then reading verbatim the notes, whilst continually saying that the show hadn’t started but will start in a minute. I was hoping for some sort of Mogwai experience where after 55 minutes of noodling and meandering, you get 5 minutes of sheer ear splitting brilliance leaving your ears ringing for hours after. Er, we got none of that. We just got a not very funny warm up comedian, taking the piss out of various audience members contributions. There are plenty of similar themed shows, loose, no theme, no structure, on the Free Fringe, but done a lot better. This to me was a waste of an hour, and a waste of the money I paid for the ticket. I feel I was duped.

Kathleen Thomson 74 days ago

Go & see this show without any expectation. It was hilarious, just not long enough! I'm definitely going to go back!

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 54 days ago

When is a play not a play? How do you ever know when a show has actually started?Stripping back traditional theatrical signalling, Trevor Lock invites his audience to sit in a circle on plastic chairs in normal lighting. They are curious and maybe even nervous waiting for something to happen....

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FringeReview 55 days ago

We walk into the room and Lock is sitting, warm, relaxed and smiling, inviting us to sit wherever we like – in the circle joining him or in the stalls above. I choose the circle. Within seconds there are nervous giggles and awkward smiles as Lock starts but doesn’t start...

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The List (3/5 stars) 68 days ago

Trevor Lock forges connections with wit and acid humour...

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