Lewis Goody admits it may have been a mistake to put his show in the comedy section of the programme. It's not that Goody isn't funny – he has some silly funny moments in him – but his show is one of those hard-to-pin-down comedy-rap-theatre fusions. Armed with a series of props and a loop pedal, Goody bares all, in some ways more literally than metaphorically.
We are taken on an intimate, dark, at times bleak journey into the inner workings of a late-twenty something's crippling self-doubt. We go from conception, to birth, through to the present day – using a wide breadth of mediums including rap, comedic storytelling, and even some nice audience interaction.
Starting with a revealing story (again, in more ways than one) set on his travels in India, Goody soon faces up to the intrusive voices in his head, who tell him he's not good enough and won't amount to anything. Again, the categorising of this as a comedy may not help, as some of these bits are far more bleak and theatrical than you might have been expecting.
The laughs drift away as Goody deals with his inner turmoil in real time. His outlet and saving grace time and again is music, via his loop pedal and the rhyming couplets that he's been spitting out with raw emotion since his youth. It's like existential rap musical that tests its central figure's endurance, and defies audience expectation. Goody's use of live looping mixed with poetic rap to push the narrative forward is impressive and gives the performance an extra dimension that will have quite a wide appeal amongst old and young.
The question we return to is whether Lewis can do it or not – and what exactly it is he wants to do. Whether that's referring to bringing a show to the Edinburgh Fringe, or simply being the best person you can be, Goody has learnt that you can find inspiration and motivation in some really unexpected places.