Martin Dockery performs in his one-man show Delirium
Martin Dockery performs in his one-man show Delirium

Look up the word “delirium” at Merriam-Webster and after watching Martin Dockery’s latest show it is perhaps a toss-up as to which of the two definitions is a more fitting description.

This newest show, from a master storyteller, weaves three seemingly unrelated stories.

First is the sweet story of how his girlfriend Vanessa’s detention by U.S. immigration would be the catalyst for a life changing event. In the second, a visit to Burning Man results in a profoundly sad story from another participant at a makeshift restaurant. Finally, Dockery pulls at emotional extremes as he combines the migration of monarch butterflies with the story of his dog’s death.

With his signature hand gestures and non-stop movement, Dockery skilfully weaves these seemingly disparate stories together into a touching, but often funny, 70-minutes.

Dockery’s seventh solo show at the Vancouver Fringe, he has developed a fan base. I count myself among them and there is reason he can sell out a 4:30pm show in one of the Fringe’s largest venues.

Martin Dockery: Delirium continues at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.