Loki, the Scottish Rapper: Poverty Safari Live, The Stand’s New Town Theatre (Venue 7) ***
Which may be why he constantly feels the need to explain himself during this staccato suite of rap, poetry and spoken word.
McGarvey writes about what he knows but not, he is at pains to point out, directly about himself. Poverty Safari Live follows a young working class male whose “jacket hangs on a shaky nail” as he makes an expedition to Glasgow’s leafy west end where “everyone cycles even though they own two cars” and then the darkly comic contrast when he returns to his side of the tracks, a snapshot of resolutely non-magical realism.
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Along the way, McGarvey makes measured mincemeat of social (im)mobility and identity politics and earns a round of applause for a sober examination of a fearful and abusive childhood but might have packed more power into his hour if he spent less time second-guessing what the audience understands or seeking to justify his choice of language in case he offends.
• Until 26 August, 5pm