Nish Kumar at the Nottingham Playhouse Review

16 March 2019


Reviewed by Nigel Chester

I was very pleased to be able to review Nish Kumar’s sold-out (suspiciously quickly, according to Nish’s agent) It’s in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves show at the Nottingham Playhouse. The theatre is surrounded by on-street parking and for just £2 between 6pm and 8am what better excuse to go out for a meal or some drinks pre-show, with the Playhouse’s own restaurant bar serving 2 courses for £15 or the multitude of local restaurants within a 5 to 10 minute walk from the theatre.

The show started with a brilliant half hour set from unashamed northerner Rosie Jones whose appearances on channel 4’s The Last Leg are really worth catching up on. Alongside her Fringe Festival Performances Rosie is really a force to be reckoned with. Rosie wrapped up her set by warning us not to get our hopes up for the second half, a warning that thankfully turned out to be meant in jest.

Following a quick 20 minute interval Nish Kumar took to the stage with a rapid fire tirade seemingly without taking breath bringing the same sarcastic narrative style that he brings to much of his other work.

Starting with a diatribe against the way in which Brexit has been managed, crowning David Davis’ parents as the winners of the acclaimed, least imaginative named child, amongst the ‘Ocean’s Eleven of rank incompetents currently leading negotiations. That’s not to say that the show will only appeal to an audience of ‘Guardian Munchers’,  with the high speed movement from Brexit to almost being arrested in the US for carrying a bottle of beer and to the ever shrinking nature of Nish’s DVD Collection in the wake of #metoo having wiped out Louis CK and Bill Cosby with a particularly soul searching moment from Nish who admitted that he had heard the allegations about Louis CK and had ignored them because he was a fan. And this I think was the true brilliance of Kumar’s set, the whole set was a very raw view into his world from the racist Trump voting uncle to the highlight of his career being the time that, whilst at the fringe festival, an Edinburgh Kebab shop owner commemorated the ‘Borderline Heroic’ amount of Shawarma chicken that Kumar had consumed.

Dates and Tickets for Kumar’s latest tour ‘It’s in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves’ can be found at

Rating: 5/5

For other shows at the Nottingham Playhouse visit or call the box office on 0115 941 9419.

Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AF | 0115 941 9419

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