Seymour Mace worked as a clown in the 90’s before he became a stand up this physicality comes across in his latest fringe show, Seymour Mace – Shit Title. He’s constantly moving around the space almost as much as the tangents of his surreal narrative. His show begins even before you are in the room as he is there to play you in with a rendition ‘I Wanna Know What Love Is by Journey’ including some immediate audience interaction with a sing-along. He flits from one topic to the next with a sort of surreal, angry, bitter enthusiasm. With songs and a game show to get the audience involved he never slows down so its constantly keeping the audiences attention.
The space he is in, Stand 2, is a good size for him and I think it works well, however the windows are open throughout and whilst the fresh air was appreciated and he did make use of the open windows, the space is right next to a main road and especially during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe it’s busy and busy with what can be some strange and distracting noises. This meant that I occasionally found myself missing some of Maces insanity which was a shame as the stuff I did hear, which was the majority, was excellent. I was sitting at the back of the room closest to the windows so when making a trip to catch his show sit further forward.
It was overall enjoyable musical madness including everything ranging from puppet reenactment of a recent date to a very nervous banana. If you have a spare hour in the afternoon then you could do far worse than spend it with the manic mind of Seymour Mace.