Cardiff Glee’s ‘The Gathering’: Review

Cardiff’s Glee Club wants to make Sunday funny.

It’s a relatively difficult task to pull people in from the comfort of their homes for half a pint and a giggle before the long week ahead, but one thing’s for sure, this show definitely beats the Sunday blues.

The Gathering’s regular host is Mark Olver, a Bristol-based stand-up already infamous at the Glee for the tricks he pulls with baked goods. Unfortunately in this show he had to quickly rush off to do a charity gig and we were left compere-less. However, the small introduction we got from Olver was enough to leave you wanting more. He immediately put the audience at ease, warming the room with onomatopoeic words and harmless banter with Sports students.

The energy did drop as Olver left – awkward transitions from act-to-act, a lot of fumbling with technical equipment, not-to-mention dwelling far too long on a feuding couple sat in the second row meant Lloyd Langford and Sarah Breese’s stuff didn’t fully hit.

Rescuing the night came far too easily for headliner Scott Gibson. Coming to the end of touring his hit Edinburgh ‘Best Newcomer’ show ‘Life After Death’, he was in a class of his own as he transfixed the audience with the inspiring tale of how a brain aneurysm got him into comedy. His mixture of hilarious hospital anecdotes and ‘carpe diem’ message was a perfect fit for a Sunday-night pick-me-up.

The calibre of acts to come is similarly impressive. Suzi Ruffle, Jenny Collier and Sara Pascoe to name but a few of the witty names on future bills. At £5 for a concession and £8 for a full price ticket, this show is a steal.

Glee’s ‘The Gathering’ is everything that’s great about comedy: cheap tickets, haphazard awkwardness and must-see headliners.

Let’s face it you’ve probably watched enough Netflix, it’s time to take bae to the Bay.