Anorak of Fire
Review by Laura Johnstone
Stephen Dinsdale's one man show takes us deep within the mind of an enthusiastic trainspotter. Be prepared for anoraks, flasks of tea, and a few laughs along the way.
First shown at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, Anorak of Fire is now embarking upon it's Midlands based tour with 2B Theatre before heading back to the West End. This is a short but entertaining portrayal of life as a trainspotter.
The entrance by Gus Gascoine (played by Stephen Glover) onto a lonely Yorkshire railway platform is both amusing and strangely gripping.
A silent first few minutes see the classic items such as a flask of tea, a lunchbox, and a log book all placed in a delicate yet organised way.
Eventually we are introduced to Gus Gascoine, trainspotting enthusiast.
One hour in the life
The one hour show provides an empathic venture deep into his mind and provides an alternative view of the hobby.
The mass public perception of us all wondering what on earth Gus sees in trainspotting is actually reversed within the show.
We witness Gus' bemusement of anything outside his world of trainspotting making for a thought provoking yet funny show.
Travelling through the daily life of a trainspotter we gain an insight into his feelings and of others towards him. Sometimes we even feel a little bit sorry for him as he tells tales of utter naivety. In a way it's nice to know that he remains occasionally unaware of the fact that others are just taking the mick.
To end all this funny banter Gus introduces us to the thing he treasures even more than his log book... his anorak of fire. With this he is invincible and secure within his world of geeky glasses, hot tea and locos.
Feel for the geek
Stephen Glover gives a very convincing and empathic portrayal of Gus. You genuinely feel for him as he tells tales of both humour and sadness. Apparently, trainspotters and love just don't make a good partnership... most finding themselves still living at home at 40.
One hour of entertainment provided by a man who is obviously passionate about his work. I can see why 14 years after its premiere the show is back with us.
Anorak of Fire is next on in Nottinghamshire at the Old Library, Mansfield, on Saturday 22 September 2007. Tickets are priced at £7.00 (concessions £5.00). For more information ring 0115 952 5025 or...
last updated: 12/09/07