It is to Mitchell’s credit that he performed the entire show without speaking. Even though some jokes may have had more effect said out loud, to speak in these moments would have undercut the impact of other ‘silent’ elements of the show. Mitchell broke up the show with audience interaction and one particularly surprisingly theatrical element. While these moments raised the energy levels to a degree, some of the performance could have had more diverse physicality to it, particularly in placard heavy sections.
‘May Contain Traces of Reading’ did not appear to have a deep and meaningful point, rather Mitchell relished in the show’s inherent silliness and the opportunity to perform it to a friendly audience. Mitchell did well to create an atmosphere of fun and good-natured heckling (which he welcomed, if not, encouraged). He drew consistent laughs from the familiar crowd of all ages, regularly capitalising on the humour instigated by the audience.
While a simple premise, Mitchell made a difficult performance look easy and created a show that was unique and enjoyable. Check out ‘May Contain Traces of Reading’ on 23, 24 and 25 August at The Butterfly Club! Click here for more information and to book tickets!