Matthew Highton’s relaxed conversation style is well suited to the small cozy room at Dragonfly. The layout of the venue has been changed since last year, and it works a lot better as a performance space now. Highton is quite slow paced, but his charm and easy manner give him great stage charisma.
There’s a lovely, gentle start tonight, as one audience member boldly takes advantage of the coat rack at the side of the stage. This leads Highton to offer a valet cloakroom service to every new punter as they enter. It’s a silly bit of improvised business to fill the time until the show proper, but it really works well to set the tone for Highton. When he eventually does take the mic, he’s already on positive karma with the crowd.