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Tony Law – The Dog of Time review at Gilded Balloon Teviot

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Tony Law has been a comedian of note for some years, always threatening to pull out the big show that moves him up to the top level. This could well be it.

The Dog of Time, a surreal piece about Law’s sausage dog getting lost in the Viking Age, is his best work to date – a whirlwind of mad ideas and unexpected asides which truly capture the audience’s imagination.

The Canadian combines an outre approach with a laid-out, country-boy manner. His feeling for the absurd leads to wonderful flights of fancy. Law’s dog becomes a god in ancient Egypt and a senator in ancient Rome – revered positions which go to the mutt’s head.

But it was the pet’s provocative sense of humour on the fringes of a Viking battleground which led him to getting lost, with his despairing master returning to the present day hound-less.

Law milked the bizarre scenario further with a skilful deconstruction of his comedy, particularly making mileage out of slips of the tongue. Furthermore, the so-called ‘sponsor’s interludes’, presented by a South African hardware store owner, added another tier of nonsense.

Law’s triumph was total and deftly rounded off by a heart-warming, face-licking, doggy finale.

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Gilded Balloon Teviot, August 2-28

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