REVIEW: TOM HOUGHTON: THAT’S WHAT I GO TO SCHOOL FOR (Pleasance Dome) ★★★
August 14, 2019  //  By:   //  Edinburgh, Reviews  //  Comments are off

Tom Houghton is playing his show What I Go To School For every day at the Pleasance Dome.

Tom is a self-confessed posh twat, being in the 7% minority of people who were privately educated. His show parodies the quirks and eccentricities particular to growing up with such privilege.

He also highlights how such upbringing had negatively affected him and his ability to connect with his family and loved ones. I think this is a really important message – many of us, including myself, are quick to sneer or roll our eyes are the privileged, but we all deserve good mental health regardless of our upbringing and this facet needs talking about too.

I felt this more relatable message came a bit late in the arc of the show and audiences might be ‘along for the ride’ a bit more enthusiastically if it were introduced sooner. Tom Houghton a good guy and, more importantly, this is a funny show but to avoid people thinking he is nothing more than a ‘posh twat’, the moral of the story could be introduced sooner to keep people onboard.

Reviewed by Peter Cowell
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