Adam Kay: Fingering A Minor on a Piano

Adam Kay’s CV is already filled to the brim,  comedian, musician, writer and as he puts it, a singer of smutty songs. Multiple sellout shows Fringe shows and writing credits include being the co-creator of ‘Crims’ on BBC3 and writing for ‘Mongrels’.but what this show is going to focus on is what he did before all this, a Doctor.

Adam Kay: Fingering A Minor on a Piano has him making musical parodies of songs, taking songs like ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ and ‘Everlasting Love’ and skilfully rewriting their lyrics to have a medical twist. The songs are interspersed with him reading from his medical diary, the stories and his delivery are at times shocking and will make you squirm in your seat as he recalls some of the horrors he experienced from his time as a Doctor, from horrific de-gloving injuries, seriously don’t Google it, to the exhausting hours he inevitably had to work.

One of my favourite sections of the show was the section where he sang out symptoms to the tune of Jeff Buckleys Hallelujah and have the audience sing back the cause during the chorus. I did feel some of the jokes or parodies fell a little flat and were more there for their shock value rather than comedic value, which is fine but I don’t think it was necessary as many of the stories are shocking enough on their own.

I really enjoyed this show it managed to be simultaneously hilarious, shocking, brilliantly intelligent and has an ending that’s stunningly thought provoking. I urge anyone who’s ever had an opinion on the junior doctors strike, no scratch that, anyone who’s ever had any dealings with a medical professional to go and see this show. To really hear from them what they do for us on a day to day basis and you’ll get some great laughs out of it too.

★★★★

Euan Tennant