Review // Return of the Lizard: Gecko brings his acclaimed An Evening With show to Wardrobe Theatre

Gecko continues his sharp incline into public appreciation with a brilliant show in his favourite city

Wordsmith, seasoned songwriter and entertainer Gecko returned to Bristol last Saturday evening, bringing his sought-after An Evening With Gecko tour to The Wardrobe Theatre. Finding critical acclaim at The Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, Geckos lyrical lizardry is quickly amplifying the storyteller into the public eye and saw his Bristol show at Wardrobe Theatre sold out. Fusing his lyrical ability with cheeky storytelling and musicality laced with poignant social commentary, Gecko has perfected the art of laughter, offering a up a cheerful show appealing to people from all walks of life. Filling the seats with keen Bristolians from eight to eighty years old, Gecko teased the audience with a twinkle in his eye and some quirky little singalong numbers designed to impart a little wisdom through the medium of song.

Fusing his lyrical ability with cheeky storytelling and musicality laced with poignant social commentary, Gecko has perfected the art of laughter

London born, but most familiar with the Bristol area, songwriter Will Sanderson-Thwaite is quickly rising to public familiarity with his quick wit and sharp lyrics. With big thumbs up and regular support from serious names like Huw Stephens and Tom Robinson plus previous appearances alongside major artists such as Ed Sheeran and Lee Scratch Perry, Will is very much respected as a seasoned songwriter.

Finding himself a favourite on the Edinburgh Fringe circuit, Wills show has evolved into a polished delivery of meaningful social commentary through cheeky storytelling and wit. His friendly and confident performance assists in the cheerful absurdity of the chirpy story-telling and amusing anecdotes. Presented with a dead-pan approach, finished with a pinch of sarcastic wit and received by waves of raucous laughter, Wills sharp writing skills have been perfected by years of endless shows, writing and touring. A songwriter truly the product of his own tireless hard-work and resilience, Gecko is sure to continue his sharp incline into public appreciation.

Geckos show just includes the backing of a single acoustic guitar. Simplicity, contrasted by the quickly-spoken lyrics and storytelling, his musicianship is clearly of a high calibre and is delivered with ease. An identifiably, laid-back style of playing in comparison to artists like Jack Johnson and Jamie T, Geckos simple riffs created a decidedly easy-listening environment and lulled the audience into a state of total relaxation.

Geckos simple riffs created a decidedly easy-listening environment and lulled the audience into a state of total relaxation

Famous for his little stories on original and insightful topics such as the fairytale of Rapunzel told from a gender balanced perspective, a song penned for the dog sent into space on a Russian mission and a tune written from the viewpoint of the Panda in Edinburgh Zoo, a favourite of the evening was Guanabana Juice, a little song written about the little-known delicious juice of the Guanabana fruit.

With endless show dates, a recent album release and a new music video to accompany his Rapunzel release, Gecko continues on the path upwards to critical acclaim and success. Gecko chirpsed the attendees at The Wardrobe Theatre with quips about buying his album upfront as opposed to streaming and utilised the cute-factor of a guest bookin replacement of a mailing list. His charming, cheeky humour certainly won over his guests and we had to join a large queue of fans at the end of the show to say a quick hello and give congrats. Certainly a cheerful and warm evening out, recommended for anybody looking for an easy laugh.

a cheerful and warm evening out, recommended for anybody looking for an easy laugh

Words by Molly Chinner

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