Nick Hall tells the obscure story of Spencer Percival, England’s twenty-first prime minister, with equal parts enthusiasm and wry humour. In a small classroom venue, one man is on a mission to spread the fame of England’s only prime minister ever to be murdered in office, or at least ensure that a few more people have heard of his existence.
“a vibrant talent”
Nick keeps his audience captivated through continually varying his style of storytelling; inhabiting different characters, genres and eras in order to relate the tale of this restoration politician to the modern population. He plays Spencer, Spencer’s parents, political rivals and wife with amusing self-awareness. Contemporary references are frequent but not overwhelming or intrusive. Nick intelligently draws parallels between the causes of radical political action in the nineteenth century and today. The performance was well paced, and after bringing the audience on side and setting up the educational element to his performance with a horrible-histories-style fact-alert sound effect, Nick was then able to dip into more emotive sections, playing around with his audience’s sympathies.
Had he been able to condense his material into a forty-five minute show rather than an hour I think it would have felt even slicker. However, Nick is certainly a vibrant talent, sharing his passion for history through comedy and a fun-loving, playful style of characterisation.
Nick Hall: Spencer is performing at Underbelly: Bristow Square until August 27th (not 13th), tickets can be purchased here.
Image: Nick Hall
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