Bursting into Flames is a solo-storytelling show by solo-storytelling superstar, Martin Dockey. It’s already selling out, as Martin Dockery shows tend to do.
Should you see it?
Martin Dockery is not dead. Let us be clear on that point. Nobody so lively and energetic is actually dead. Yet if Martin Dockery were dead, and spending some time out there in eternity, and he wrote a show about it, it would be Bursting Into Flames.
Dockery brings his usual flair and mastery of storytelling to his fictional Bursting into Flames and in terms of energy, humour, and pure audience enjoyment, it is similar to his biographical storytelling shows.
Bursting Into Flames is a guy telling you what it’s like to be in heaven – the chief fact that surprised him initially was that there was a heaven, for he didn’t think such a place existed until he found himself there. He revels in the friendly camaraderie everybody shares, the delight everybody simply has in each other’s company, and the simple pleasure of wearing toe socks or a girl’s shirt.
Yet as the story goes on, the undercurrents of something more sinister continues to grow. And what of these rumours of hell? For if a place such as heaven exists, so, too, must its opposite.
The story is magnificently mapped out and features the trademark surreaslism, breaks from narrative, and exquisitely circular narratives, commonly found in Dockery’s other fictional work.
Dockery has proven time and again to be a true master at delivering a story to audiences, but also in crafting it. This is in constant evidence in the pure audience desire to have him just keep going. There’s good reason this sensational performer constantly sells out, so get your tickets in advance.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think? Did this story of heaven and hell keep you engaged? Did you love this show as much as Dockery’s other work? Join the discussion in the comments below.