When is a storytelling show not a storytelling show? When it is an “immersive storytelling experience”. At least, that is how Fringe veteran Martin Dockery describes You Belong Here.
But while there is an element of an immersive experience as Dockery engages with his audience to a greater degree than he has in previous shows, You Belong Here really is all about storytelling. And Dockery proves once again he is the master.
My theatre companion described Dockery as a combination of George Costanza and Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld. Easily moving from a self-deprecating neurosis to wild abandon, Dockery’s central story of vising the Forbidden City goes off on many tangents. From cargo pants to YouTube, Dockery’s real skill comes in appearing to make much of it made up on the spot. And just when you think it really is about “nothing”, Dockery ties it all together.
It is indeed a wonderful world Dockery creates. Go see it.
You Belong Here continues at the Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver) as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.