My Left Nut review: The audience was riveted

 Michael Patrick on stage in My Left Nut 

The audience at the MAC was riveted by Michael Patrick's one man show My Left Nut on opening night. 

It came to us with sell out notices from the Edinburgh Festival so expectations were high and we weren't disappointed.

This is Michael's own story well told by this excellent actor who, with co writer and director Oisin Kearney, charts his childhood when he looses his father and discovers a swelling on his testicle, both traumatic events. He ignores the body change, no man in his life to confide in and shy to tell his mother. 

As he grows into teenage life so does the swelling, his school friends envy him when they notice the bulge in his trousers but he is terrified. What will happen, it just gets bigger and bigger. Hot packs and cold packs make no difference, not does moisturiser and, as a last resort, even Holy Water doesn't work. He has to face facts, talk to his mother, see a specialist. 

Michael Patrick uses the stage and his ability to morph into mother, consultant and school friends. His facial expressions and his voice identify each character. It's one hour of comedy and the serious situation of a young man fearing cancer, how he copes without his father and eventually telling his friends his secret. He gets the message across by using laughter one minute and heartfelt feelings the next. Never boring, and despite some pretty graphic conversations, never objectionable.

It's a draining 60 minutes for the actor, he admits he get nervous before every performance especially re-living the emotions of losing his father to Motor Neurone Disease.  

I hope this show comes back soon as the demand for tickets is outstripping availability. You might be lucky - do try.

Michael Patrick's one-man show is at the Mac in Belfast until Saturday September 15

 My Left Nut is running in the Mac

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