A self deprecating autobiographical show, Dealt a Bad Hand is the vehicle through which Stuart Mitchell takes the audience through an examination of his life’s misfortunes. From losing the tips of his fingers to losing his parents, Mitchell doesn’t hold back when it comes to mocking his own life with a wicked humour that forces the audience to laugh while feeling rather guilty about it.

This is a very enjoyable act with a lot of promise. Though a little predictable at times, Mitchell’s charming delivery combined with his compelling story entices the audience to follow him in search of a little ray of happiness amongst all the bad luck in his life. He also manages to help the audience forget that they are trapped in one of the smallest venues in Edinburgh.

Suicide, cancer, depression and childhood trauma never felt so light-hearted. Dealt a Bad Hand may be very grim but it remains very funny nonetheless.

Words: Mariana Mercado

Stuart Mitchell: Dealt a Bad Hand, Pleasance Courtyard, Aug 20-28, 7.15pm

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