July 6-15, 2017: Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, Toronto Fringe, ON
June 14-18, 2017: Live on Elgin, Ottawa Fringe, ON
June 2-10, 2017: The Arts Project, London Fringe, ON
May 17-28, 2017: Pink Venue, Orlando Fringe, FL
April 21-23, 2017: CSMA Ballroom, Ithaca Fringe, NY
April 9-10, 2017: The Kettle, Shenandoah Fringe, Staunton, VA
March 3-11, 2017: Dianna's Studio of Dance, Rogue Festival, Fresno, CA
July 13-24, 2016: ACI Manitoba, Winnipeg Fringe Festival, MB
A ridiculous, true story of love, loss, and butterflies at The Top of the World. WINNER: Best Solo Show, Drama - Orlando Fringe 2017
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Martin Dockery’s ‘Delirium’ is master storytelling
BY DONALD MUNRO, March 5, 2017
The Brooklyn-based Dockery is a powerhouse performer, his words often tumbling out in a flurry of eager prose, and at the Saturday evening performance of “Delirium” I saw, his often gravelly voice added even more resonance to the material. Once again using the device of interconnected stories, he presents three highly personal tales that all touch on the themes of connection and intimacy.
The first, about a marriage proposal, is amiable and warm. Then he shifts into an amusing recollection of a plan to create a pop-up restaurant selling “strawberry sandwiches” at the Burning Man Festival, and in an expertly calibrated twist guides the audience into darker emotional territory.
Finally, a third story about a beloved dog, an agonizing airplane flight and the sheer wonder of butterflies seals the deal, provoking both guffaws and tears. Through it all, Dockery’s crisp writing pays off time and again with strong images for the audience (a muffin consumed in an torrent of nervousness at an airport, a desert sky exploding with stars, a frail canine still able to muster the strength to wag a tail). He’s adept at weaving those concrete details into larger intellectual and emotional throughlines. I won’t soon forget how he connects butterfly migration to the human experience.
It’s all the product of a master storyteller. My third go-around with Dockery was definitely charmed.
You need to accept the agony along with the ecstasy
on this powerful Fringe journey.
By Michelle Palansky, CBC News Posted: Jul 13, 2016 Rating: ★★★★
Winnipeg loves Martin Dockery. True story. If the opening night crowd was any indication, then you'd better get your tickets quickly or line up early. The author of seven past Fringe hits, Dockery sold out his premiere performance just minutes after the box office opened.
Delirium is a trio of tales from Dockery's life that examine the indifference of the universe, the possibility and practicality of cross-border love, and the absolute immutability of the fact that one day everyone you know will someday die.
Yup, it gets pretty heavy. Like, black cloak and scythe heavy. If you buy the ticket to take this ride you need to accept the agony along with the ecstasy on this journey into Delirium. But Dockery is a Fringe favourite and a master storyteller. At crucial junctions of the performance, it seems as though his entire being vibrates with the effort to transmit his tales.
Accept the mortality of it all and you will certainly enjoy the show.
There might not be a more aptly titled show at this year's fringe — Brooklyn, N.Y.-based storyteller Martin Dockery's frenzied hour-long monologue, which is a three-part exploration of life, love, commitment and the healing power of strawberry sandwiches, is a master class in how best to combine complex verbal material with perpetual physical motion. Dockery's style is so effective that he could entertain by saying just about anything; the fact he has gripping stories to tell just makes a deliriously good show darned near great.
— Brad Oswald
THE NEW OTTAWA CRITICS
By Brie MacFarlane, June 16, 2017
Regular patrons of the Ottawa Fringe know that there are two storytelling legends you pretty much always need to see should they happen to grace our city with their presence (and, luckily for us, they usually do): Jem Rolls and Martin Dockery. You can read our reviews of both Jem’s work and Martin’s work so far in our experience, but Dockery’s Delirium has yet to be reviewed by any one here at the New Ottawa Critics. And while it’s probably no surprise to any friend of the Fringe that tickets to this show are going to be a hot commodity, I do have to say that Delirium has to be some of Dockery’s best work that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing.
The piece is constructed in a very classic ‘Martin Dockery’ style (are we at the point where we can call it ‘Dockerean’ yet?) where a series of seemingly unrelated stories are linked together by the unlikeliest of metaphors that don’t really make any sense at the time until you get to the very end of the show where Dockery straight up falcon punches you in the heart. I don’t want to give away too much of the story because the effectiveness of the piece really relies on the viewer not knowing anything, but I will say that it’s got a little romance, a ton of humour and will absolutely make you cry.
Dockery has this astounding ability to seize his audience’s attention from the word ‘go’ and never lets go, not once, for the entire 60 minutes. He takes you on these massive journeys that span time and geographical space and you can see the effort he puts into making sure every last viewer is along for the ride. Delirium in particular is a significant emotional pilgrimage for Dockery as he reflects on the transience of life, the meaning of love, the indifference of the universe, and death itself (all in an hour, I know!) while throwing his own heart on the stage, as it were. Again, without giving too much away, there’s a moment where Dockery enacts a particularly tragic event on stage and you can literally feel everyone in the room crying (or at least feel the hearts breaking). I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such a mass catharsis, or keening, such as this but it was pretty incredible.
The one thing that really gets me, personally, is Dockery’s poignant description of the experience of death itself- that is, watching and/or being around someone who’s dying or already passed. The way that you can just feel their soul leaving this earth is really indescribable unless you’ve gone through it. It’s probably the most visceral thing you can feel as a human being. I can tell you that I will never ever forget the experience of crawling into the hospital bed with my mother, who had passed away a mere 20 minutes before my family and I had arrived at Princess Margaret Hospital for a Thanksgiving visit, and feeling the warmth leaving her body. It’s really hard for me to extrapolate too much on at this point, only because I don’t think the Ministry of Coffee (who have been such a gracious host to me and my review writing this past week) would appreciate a sobbing, blubbering mess in their cafe. In any case, Delirium presents such an authentic emotional experience on stage that leads its audience to a great moment of catharsis where Dockery ultimately concludes on a hopeful and uplifting note.
I have seen a number of Dockery’s works now and I can say with some confidence that Delirium is my new favourite (sorry The Bike Trip!). It’s deeply personal yet reflective of the human experience as a whole and seemingly transcends the confines of a traditional one-man show. This is another show where you’ll want to get your tickets early not only because of the limited seating at Live! On Elgin but also because it only has three shows left. Not to be missed!