A silhouette of a kidney in a jar looms over the audience from the screens around The Stand‘s tiny stage. The cheesy pun of the show’s title – Organ Freeman – belies the sensitivity of what’s to come. Originally conceived for the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Organ Freeman is the true story of Jarlath Regan’s decision to donate one of his kidneys to his brother. It’s a textbook story show, with a strong narrative throughout, and Regan weaves his tale well.
The first few minutes are slightly wobbly tonight, as Regan’s initial attempts at crowd work are met with some positively granite-like stonewalling from the unusually uncooperative Stand audience.