Martin Dockery: Wide-Eyed
Written & Performed by Martin Dockery
Martin Dockery - Brooklyn, NY
V.26 - Creative Manitoba 
A preposterous, true story about comic desperation and neurotic triumph in a city both Forbidden and Wondrous.
“Dockery knows how to spin even the most common occurrence into a gripping yarn. This vibrant New Yorker delivers his tales with such verve, wit and insight, and he is so engaging and evocative that he makes the audience believe they are sharing the experience with him." - Chortle, London, UK.
"Best storyteller in the U.S.” - Orlando Sentinel
“A masterful storyteller” - The Herald Sun, Melbourne
This is a world premiere.

Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $12


Parental Guidance
No warnings
Wed July 18 9:00 PM
Thu July 19 5:00 PM
Fri July 20 8:00 PM
Sat July 21 8:00 PM
Sun July 22 5:00 PM
Mon July 23 6:30 PM
Tue July 24 8:00 PM
Wed July 25 8:00 PM
Thu July 26 8:00 PM
Fri July 27 7:30 PM
Sat July 28 7:00 PM
Sun July 29 3:30 PM

Martin Dockery: Wide-Eyed

Martin Dockery—Creative Manitoba

Martin Dockery has been coming to the Winnipeg Fringe Festival for ten years now. Although he is still energetic and engrossing in his storytelling, it seemed to me that the level of sheer manic energy he displayed during earlier shows like The Bike Trip, some years ago, was not quite so during this show. Maybe it was because he was older and maybe it was because this was a different kind of show.

At the start of Wide-Eyed, he admits to having been vague in his Fringe Festival program description. He says this was so because he didn’t quite know at the time he submitted what material he would be presenting. He knew he would be going on a trip – somewhere – and he knew his wife would be having a baby, but he had not yet experienced these things and didn’t know what interesting things might come from them.

So he talks about his trip to Beijing, particularly to Tiananmen Square and its next-door attraction the Forbidden City. He spends a lot of time focusing on his frustration with the Forbidden City audio guide, returning to this topic often, and suggesting that he doesn’t have anything more interesting to relate from this famous site. In this, he treads the line between beating a dead horse and poking fun at himself, but safely lands on the side of being amusing.

During this show, Dockery frequently goes into digressions, some lengthy, but he always eventually comes out of each to return to the topic that spawned it. For example, when talking about the Forbidden City, he begins to talk about the friendly Chinese people he met there, the tea ceremony they invited him and his wife to, and then somehow he makes a bridge to talking about how one’s YouTube history can define oneself. Later on he reveals what the tea ceremony was really all about, and it is not so friendly. He also introduces the topic of his wife’s pregnancy, slowly at first, but it becomes one of the main topics by the end of the show. It could be easy for anyone to be lost in the details but Dockery’s enthusiasm, despite not being quite so manic anymore, and the way he fills the space in this rather small venue, keep the audience quite awake.

Konrad Antony

Martin Dockery: Wide-Eyed

Martin Dockery—Creative Manitoba

When I saw Martin in the Square, I was shocked to see him look, well, anything but wide-eyed. In fact he looked handsome, but positively exhausted. This play let my find out why. While the premise is his recent visit with his wife Valerie to the Forbidden City in Beijing, it is really an excuse to boast about the birth of his new daughter. Martin is a Fringe favorite, selling out year after year. No one spins a tale with such skill, humour and charm. Go see him and find out why.

Lisa Campbell