Community Circle isn’t really a show. Or rather, it is a show – of course, it is – but it’s a show that pretends it’s not a show.
All that happens, on the surface at least, is comedian Trevor Lock welcomes you into the space, sits you in a circle, and chats with you, sometimes playfully, sometimes exasperatedly. The show is going to start, he insists, but it never does. That is the show.
Confused? You probably will be, but that’s very much the point. Formerly a hit on the free fringe, Community Circle is designed as a disconcerting, slightly unnerving experiment in handing control over to the audience and asking them to see things from each other’s point of view.
Stuff does happen. Lock hands several spectators a notebook and asks them to take notes, which he then reads out to general hilarity.
Lock sings someone a birthday song. And, as always when you get a good-natured Edinburgh Fringe audience with a room and poke them enough, jokes and gentle jibes start to fly.
Lock’s underlying emphasis on appreciating and empathising each other could be far more focussed, but this is a warm hour of experimentation despite the woolliness. Unless audience participation petrifies you, that is.