Lacklustre first half, but it all came to life after the interval
Brand, in half-hearted make-up, simply flounced about the stage and read verbatim his recently released children’s book – the first in a series called Trickster Tales – about the legendary rat catcher.
The comedian, actor and now political activist was backed up by the occasional crash of a cymbal or pluck of a harp when the story required it.
And then there was the odd lame sound effect –an over-the-top fart or burp that even the youngest members of the audience seemed embarrassed by. It all felt rather too much like a disappointing act at a child’s birthday party.
Indeed, the only real pleasure came from watching on a big screen as the outrageously talented Chris Riddell, who illustrated the book, drew the characters in real time.