It’s human nature to want what we don’t have, and to take what we do have for granted. Those who lack confidence in their mentality long for stability, and those who have that stability are often unaware of how fortunate they are. This is just one of many heady thematic threads running through the head of Brendan MacLeod, the phenomenally accomplished storyteller at the helm of Brain.
With no adornments or gimmicks to speak of, this is pure one-person storytelling, with perhaps just a touch of poetry at key moments. Yet I could never describe this show as plain. Brain is funny, poignant, thought provoking, and life affirming. It is raw yet polished, uniquely personal yet universally relatable, vulnerable yet indefatigably strong. In short, it is a testament to everything that a story, and a mind, can be. If you possibly can see it, do so.
Reviewed at the 2015 Victoria Fringe Festival by Max D’Ambrosio