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Promo image for Dylan Moran.Dylan Moran: Yeah, Yeah

Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

April 29 – 30 (Then touring until July 15)

Producer: Mick Perrin / Just for Laughs Live

Running Time: 1 hr 50 mins

With a backing screen showing some of his own cartoons, a chair he never uses and a bottle of something clear poured into a glass, Dylan Moran is clearly a comic talent of such high standards who, it is hoped, will be around for a long time to come and there is something so extraordinarily funny about him that even before he opens his mouth, a wry smile creeps across the audience’s lips.

Perhaps it’s the unkemptness of the comic / actor who has come to prominence through TV shows such as Black Books and films such as Shaun of the Dead and Run, Fat Boy, Run. Or perhaps it is the cunning twinkle in his eye as Moran delivers his observations on everything from the amount of hype surrounding the marriage of William and Kate, through politics and onto more serious issues such as why Vegans are just wrong.
There is also the fact that, whilst seemingly trying to bring something to mind, Yeah, Yeah is an extremely well crafted show that simply oozes a slickness that can only be born from hours of self-examination alongside endless sessions cutting, editing and pruning so that what is finally delivered is so highly polished it positively sparkles.

Of course, a seemingly natural onstage ease also helps and, within moments, Moran has the sell out crowd eating from the palm of his hand though not to the extent that they ever really become a necessary prop, but more like they have been invited into his front room for a bit of a chat that will, inevitably, leave them aching. It may only be comedy to some, but very few are this good at making people laugh for a living and this is a night of high class witticism, observation and outright hilarity that is definitely not to be missed.

Chris High

MAY

 

 

 

18

GLASGOW Pavilion Theatre

 

3

SALFORD QUAYS The Lowry

 

 

19

GLASGOW Pavilion Theatre

 

4

OXFORD Oxford New Theatre

 

 

20

ABERDEEN Music Hall

 

5

OXFORD Oxford New Theatre

 

 

22

BIRMINGHAM Alexandra Theatre

 

6

READING Hexagon

 

 

23

BIRMINGHAM Alexandra Theatre

 

7

READING Hexagon

 

 

24

CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange

 

8

SWINDON Wyvern Theatre

 

 

25

CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange

 

10

BELFAST Waterfront Hall

 

 

26

LEEDS Grand Theatre

 

11

BELFAST Waterfront Hall

 

 

29

LEICESTER De Montfort Hall

 

15

NEWCASTLE Journal Tyne Theatre

 

 

30

LEICESTER De Montfort Hall

 

16

NEWCASTLE Journal Tyne Theatre

 

 

JULY

 

 

19

BLACKPOOL Opera House

 

 

1

SHEFFIELD City Hall

 

20

BRADFORD St Georges Hall

 

 

2

SHEFFIELD City Hall

 

21

IPSWICH Regent Theatre

 

 

3

MILTON KEYNES Theatre

 

22

AYLESBURY The Waterside Theatre

 

 

7

BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion

 

25

BUXTON Opera House

 

 

8

BASINGSTOKE Anvil

 

26

YORK Grand Opera House

 

 

9

BRIGHTON Dome Concert Hall

 

JUNE

 

 

 

10

BRIGHTON Dome Concert Hall

 

1

CARDIFF St Davids Hall

 

 

13

CHELTENHAM Town Hall

 

2

BRISTOL Hippodrome

 

 

14

LONDON Hammersmith Apollo

 

3

SWANSEA Grand Theatre

 

 

15

LONDON Hammersmith Apollo

 

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www.royalcourtliverpool.co.uk


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