Samuel Barnett stars in hit Edinburgh one man show 'Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible Is Going To Happen'. The play, and in particular Samuel's performance, has received outstanding reviews and he has just received the first of this year's 'Edinburgh Awards' from The Stage.
The production is a stripped back one-man play, presented in the form of a stand-up gig. It has been billed as as "A permanently single, professionally neurotic stand-up finally meets Mr Right and then does everything wrong. But is Mr Right quite what he seems? And how far will the comedian go to get a laugh? It is written by award winning British/Brazilian/Australian playwright Marcelo Dos Santos who wrote the part specifically for Samuel. The play is produced by Olivier Award winning producers of 'Fleabag' and 'Baby Reindeer' Francesca Moody Productions and directed by Matthew Xia.
The show has received tons of 5 star reviews including from The Telegraph, WhatsonStage, The Skinny, Britishtheatre.com and Three Weeks. As well as 4 star reviews from The Guardian, The Times and The Independent.
The Guardian calls is an "enthralling monologue", going on to say "The remarkable thing about Barnett’s performance is how he has mastered the delivery, timing and register of a seasoned observational comedian. He has an instant rapport with the audience and intuitively responds to an interjection from the crowd", undercutting it with "just the right amount of fragility". Time Out says "Barnett is absolutely terrific: funny and charismatic and pitiful, but also just really believable". WhatsOn Stage calls the play "engrossing" and predicts Sam will win many more awards for his performance which "delivers a masterclass in comic delivery, letting each line land with precision and purpose". The Telegraph says "Blending dark humour, pathos and a hearty dash of millennial angst, Samuel Barnett's monologue deserves to be the next Fleabag". The Skinny calls the play "an extraordinary piece of theatre" going on to say "Barnett is a supremely talented storyteller, moving as a hummingbird moves, flitting from joke to joke. Feeling Afraid... is outrageously entertaining, and endlessly surprising".
Audiences too are loving the one-hour show and have described it as "electric. Absolutely electric", "totally absorbing" and "genius" - hear for yourself what audiences are saying.
Samuel was recently interviewed by The Guardian, talking about the show, saying "Each time I do one of these shows, I have to get over that initial fear of looking people in the eye and interacting with them.” Ultimately, he says, it’s a liberating thing to do as a performer. “My true love is new writing in small spaces".
The play is on at Summerhall until 28th August. It is almost sold out but there are still a few tickets available.
Samuel Barnett is available for voiceovers from Anthea Represents. Click his image for his profile page and voiceover showreel.