Vive La Revolution, Mark Steel

With lengthy digressions (this is stand-up comedy, after all) into the present day, it’s easy to think that Mark Steel has forgotten his show is about the French Revolution, but at the end of the hundred minutes you’re suddenly struck with the realisation that he really has covered all that really matters.

Steel’s strength is his ability to place himself in the mind of a revolutionary foot soldier, like the small village peasant who suddenly finds himself rioting in Paris, without necessarily having a particularly clear idea of what the revolution stands for.

The show’s weakness comes from those contemporary digressions which, like an episode of Have I Got News For You?, date quickly and it sometimes feels like a long time to be watching one man on stage.

And that makes Mark Steel’s Vive La Revolution a seven out of ten.

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