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Simon Jay presented by James Seabright


Venue:The Newsroom, 5 - 11 Leith Street Edinburgh EH1 3AT
Phone: 0131 557 5830
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Downstairs Bar
AUG 2-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-26 at 12:00 (60 min)
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John Lewis is a 'computer scientist, father of four, social liberal, atheist, and not a retail store'. John Lewis is also 'a chain of high-end UK department stores'. Unfortunately for both Johns Lewis (no relation), the Twitter handle @johnlewis belongs to the former. This new free show from Simon Jay (acclaimed creator of double Edfringe sell-out TRUMPAGEDDON) explores the Twittersphere's enduring confusion between the two, and how one man from Virginia, USA, calmly handles daily complaints about too-high prices and belated deliveries. Performing across the road from John Lewis. And 3700 miles from John Lewis.

'A gay, liberal, socialist who usually prefers playing women' - The Guardian

'Jay expertly surfs a wave of disdain for political correctness. He has a confident and sometimes brutal ad-libbing ability' - The Scotsman

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August 25, 2018  The Edinburgh Reporter
‘What are the odds? All those billions of Twitter account holders having anything worth saying?’ Simon Jay, ‘Performance Satirist’ presents the ultimate in sub-prime, primeval slime anti-social media crime. The soporific, flatulent invasive ennui of not even having the nounce to switch it off. This is a cracked-speed-ball Black Mirror perfect for radio reality distortioned spam-dimensional nightmare.

Computer Science, High School tutor, John Lewis, is assailed by relentless Tweeters bemoaning the late delivery of their fridge-freezer. The snap-chat, the clap-happy crap synapse snappy comment-boards and labyrinthine password plagues are all laid bare. What is sane man to do? Assume string-of-pearls multi-personna diversions – obviously.

Savouring the ubiquitous pre Christmas peek-cool triumph of being the first to YouTube the new John Lewis mucus-clinging family advertisement? What ever turns you off. The show is audio punctuated by screw-driver in the ear tweet tones. The crafted special-sound effects are of a subtle magnificence themselves alone.

And what about Customer Service phone-lines? We’re in Edinburgh no? Alexander Grahame is a complete bell-end for his damned invention. ‘Your call is of value to us – please hold the line – or, maybe just hang yourself with it and save us all the tension.’ – so to speak. This dystopian antidote to carnal digitisation strongly suggests it is just about time get the Trumpaggedon the hell outta here – the eternal drone of a disfunctional vaccum-cleaner giving it self a blow-job. Finishes on the 26th. Give your hope and soul a much-needed make-over – just go, alright! Free as well but you might want to chip & pin in for good-time’s sake. Computers again, eh? What’s that you’re saying HAL…’real-life comedy’ A ha! Click Here

August 4, 2018  Fest
John Lewis is a middle-class, British retail chain. John Lewis is also a computer science teacher in America. Another John Lewis is a black congressman in Georgia who fiercely opposes Donald Trump.

The Twitter handle @johnlewis belongs to the second of these John Lewises, and his patience with tweets sent to him about late deliveries and the current American political landscape is a thing of wonder. Using real tweets from @johnlewis's feed, satirical performer Simon Jay looks at individuality on social media in this gently funny sketch show.

Billed as a theatre show, though much more of a series of sketches, Jay plays a range of characters that are clearly differentiated from each other through the use of voice and physical mannerisms. From the John Lewis behind @johnlewis as a beleaguered teacher whose students relentlessly nag him about his Twitter account, to annoyed customers, to the retail chain's social media team, Jay employs them to loosely consider the importance of identity online. This thematic thread isn't fully developed, and there's scope for more commentary that ties the sketches together more firmly.

Jay is an engaging performer with a good sense of comic timing. He has a warm demeanour rather than a cold and spiky one. His brand of humour elicits chuckles rather than belly laughs and ends on a positive note instead of one of cynicism or despair. It's an intimate show that makes a big theme personal, though the clever show concept isn't totally integrated with the theme. Click Here

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