Bill BaileyAnyone who’s seen Bill Bailey before will know that his madcap mind tends to drift and unravel. “Like a tapestry and some angry kittens,” as he once so eloquently put it. So the title of his new show – ‘Dandelion Mind’ – seems to sum him up beautifully.

The theme of the show is doubt – “or is it?” – and after treading a slightly different path with his last outing, ‘The Remarkable Guide to The Orchestra’, Bailey is back doing what he does best: blending rambling observational stories and witty one-liners with laugh-out loud musical mash-ups.

In his opening gambit he launches into a smartly worded rant at The Pope, Simon Cowell, England footballers and a particularly funny tirade about gangsta rap, amongst other things.

And with the stage littered with weird and wonderful instruments, including an Iranian Oud and a curious Japanese gizmo called a Tenori-on (below), which turns light patterns into sound, it’s not long before he’s thrashing out one of his trademark musical interludes; and he doesn’t disappoint.

There’s a beautifully silly French disco rework of Gary Newman’s Cars (played out flawlessly on a collection of car horns), a Lady GaGa cover in the style of the Wurzels, naturally, and a cute little knees-up number about Chas and Dave doing a deal with the Devil.

But the real highlight of the show has to be when he examines a range of renaissance paintings depicting St Thomas (the doubter) studying the wounds of a resurrected Christ – much funnier than it sounds thanks to some hilarious Monty Pythonesque animation.

Although it doesn’t quite live up to some of Bailey’s earlier work, such as the wonderful ‘Part Troll’, ‘Dandelion Mind’ will still blow you away.

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