Tom Wrigglesworth’s Open Return Letter

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5 stars

I first saw this very tall, big-haired Yorkshire man two Fringes ago as part of a AAA Stand Up show and then saw his debut solo show last year. I very much enjoyed both experiences so was delighted to see him back on the Fringe bandwagon this year.

‘Open Return Letter To Richard Branson’ is the title of this year’s offering and it is based in and around a train journey from Manchester to London on a Virgin train and the trials and tribulations caused by certain ‘jobs-worths’ who were employed by that company.

Wrigglesworth paints the picture so succinctly with his clever and funny observational style that it as almost like the characters are in the room with you. Mancunian ‘golden girls’, corporate business men granny-like Lena, they all seem three dimensional, almost palpable, as he recounts the tale of almost extortion that was perpetrated on the journey by the train manager.

The good samaritan attitude taken by Tom  to redress the situation landed him in trouble with the authorities, but did it all have a happy ending?

Don’t think I am going to tell you that. There is only one way to find out. Beg, borrow or steal a ticket for this guy who is surely one of the rising stars in the comedy firmament.

If Wrigglesworth is not in contention for any of the comedy awards that are available during Fringe 2009 then there is no justice in the world, and I may have to follow his example and write an open letter to complain.

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