sound and lighung Chile do notgood comedy rehearsal admittedly make. especmlly when ' THEATRE warned of beforehand - the)’ COP about In M this could not be held to seemingly rande SEX BLOOD blame for missed cues. fashlqn. 003" Without - 9 s fluffed lines and generally anything @SCmbhng 3 mediocre acting. punchline in between. Set entirely in (Sue Wilson)

Swinedale FM Radio g I Continental Drift . Station. the story trundles (Fringe) JaCILMCDODZlId. throu h a series of Hi 1 Street T eatre (Venue

g 41) 226 6522, um“ 30 I always thought that

innuendo and sight gags. few of which hit the target. Half way through it seems as if even the cast have given up hope.

Aug. 6pm. £4.50 (£3.50).


Greek theatre was either tragedy or comedy. and as it’s generally agreed that those Greeks knew a thing or two about theatre

Given a little more , (here‘s probably a pretty rehearsal and a lot more good reason why this was enthusiasm this show : (he case, And with The could really have i I Mayflies we have that

potential. (James Taylor) I Kiddies WI’ NM (Fringe) Screaming Blue Murder Theatre Company. The Mad Abbot (Venue 84) 447 8811. until 28 Aug. 6.30pm. £4 (£3.50).



Australian storyteller- comedian Jack McDonald comes pretty highly recommended by the Independent last year. by several Antipodean papers so perhaps it was a case of first night wobbles. but the show I saw was woefully lacking in punch. focus. shape and direction. it‘s a shame. because McDonald is clearly a very nice man

sheepdogs' antics. of teaching English to Japanese people or of bar- room conversations in

An impressive solo performance by Tim

? Newton (who also wrote

the text) is the foundation of a largely rewarding

v exercise in atmospheric theatre. Spoken (almost)

entirely in doggerel verse. The Ballad lurches through the streets and sewers of 19th century London. sniffing for a mythological emblem for

the horrors described in ; Mayhew‘s London Labour and the London Poor.

This they find in the 12ft maneater Limehouse Rat. which is exorcised by an

enigmatic ratcatcher

1 armed with docker‘s hook. Newton hurls himself about athletically.

keeps the verse's metre.

and paces it all . beautifully. No mean

achievement. (Andrew

Royal (Venue 47) 556

i 2549. until 4 Sept (not 22.


‘29 Aug). 7pm. £5.50 (£4.50).



Philip lves and Richard Osborne have swotted up on their ancient history and come up with a ‘tragi- comedy’ performed entirely in verse and cataloguing the destruction of Maeflos by a few irate gods. Cue plenty of tragic wailing and carry on with comic innuendo (‘Oh Hector‘s got a magnificent sword‘) and you do indeed have a disaster on a quite global scale. (Philip Parr)

I The Mayflles - Sex, Blood, Death and Global DBSIFIICIIOII (Fringe) Working Theatre. Pleasance (Venue 33) 556 6550. until 4 Sept (not

Tue). 6.45pm. £5/£5.50 (£4/£4.50).


mime and music certainly creates a very warm and pure form of theatre. but the real reason it works is

his very affability makes PUIVCF) | up for a lot but rambling i I “l0 33"“ OI "10 ' tales of g limehouse Bat (Fringe) . , anthropomorphised l LOUdCI' Than Words. Cafe Th1s heady IanIure 0f

‘l want to be drinking Pink Panthers


with iiaomi Campbell in Beverly Hills e. I '

after i’ve come home from my job as a gigolo . . . I want to swap my bread crates in Carruthers Close for a waterbed in Beverly ifills.’ The character, Spike is reciting his mantra In the poignant closing scene of the

powerful new play, Risk, by the Crassmarket Proiect.

Risk is a poke in the eye for any iaded theatre-goer in Its no-nonsense, yet moving portrayal of young homeless people forced to beg on the streets of Edinburgh. Based on the and closes a continual reminder that true-life experiences, dreams and tho SWIG! ‘8 0|! 0|" 40ml “"8 fears of young people on the streets, '3 "0 “MOON”! OBN'PNP “8118 the play explores how they came to be 5809'"! "'0 mm M hMOWOfl. there in the first place: drink, incest but a mII-dlmud and motlonallv victim, ex-psychiatric patient, and "MM"! 9"“ M mm M '8

how they survive In this ‘at risk’


bound to leave its audience a little less likely mechanically to respond,


A carnival atmosphere swept over the ' Acropolis for the first night of the much hyped Jim Bose Circus Sideshow, replete with carnival music and a liberal sprinkling of nervous chatter sweeping the crowd. After all this isn’t your normal Festival Fringe act, this is the opening night, a sell- out, for this modern day freakshow. So what of it? The show is splendidly compered by the wise-ass, smooth taikin’ Mr Rose, without whom this would have been one heck of a boring

Jim Bose Circus Sideshow: ‘(II my Bed, isbe

flight out. With his overthe-top run, a)... m introductions for each act and general body plowing and (met “a.” “Idiom! COIOIIBB. "In 3089 '8 00° 0' alongside a few bizarre new additions, the best show compares i’ve ever m. or much an my "mm, 9000 but if it was that dangerous they lust

But what about the atrocities? The show is extreme well polished, rather enloyable and exceptionally well scripted, with a mixture of well orchestrated theatrics and a few true, ‘Oh my God, is he really doing that’ moments. Basically it follows very closely in tradition with bygone freakshows, all the old favourite routines are here; the sword swallowing, straitlacket escaping,

wouldn’t be doing it.

Recommended or not, it will doubtlessiy sell out its three-week run, especially if the moral malority starts screaming louder for it to be banned, which with the addition of the ‘Electric Jesus’ they may well do. (Joe Lampard)

Jim Rose Circus Sideshow (Fringe) Acropolis (Venue 26) 557 6969, until 4

Sent. 79m, £8.

the comic absurdity of it ; - I doing it and have they no all. The actors look i v ! shame? But i can’t really comical for a start: one’s a I ' be bothered to find out. Russ Abbot lookalike. Z 4 (Stephen Chester) another‘s a dead ringer for I The lunch Pack Of Iiot Rick Moranis. And here ' i Pork Cr iiam (Fringe)


i it isn’t offensively bad. 60) 226 4224 um“ 28

it's just so bad that it’s 1 Aug. 6pm. £3' (£2).

impossible to work up the 1

enthusiasm to be annoyed. ' A woman says ,


;' incomprehensible and

i poetic. then leaves three

5 people to sit round a table

I and die an agonisingly

f tedious impro death. Then

their characters really do

die. killed by an lslamic

hit man disguised as a

waiter. Then the play

finishes and you go home.

(Venue 15) 228 1404. 15. “16 Piece does thrgw up a 19 Aug, 7pm; 20’ 22 Aug. number of interesting

3.30pm; 21 Aug. noon.“ 3 questions. like whoare (£5), these people. why are they

they are. four brave matadors. wordlessly confronting an invisible. bellowing bull.

Here. the bull is boss; for a change the bullfighters lose. Strong characterisation and an intimate relationship with the audience result in a surreal. witty. charming investigation into manliness.

Enthrailing and memorable. (Gabe Stewart)

I hinui (Fringe) Yllana. Spain. Traverse Theatre

Freud Egg Productions, 5 Buster Brown‘s (Venue

CROV€ Breathtaking Burritos Tasty Tacos Excellent Enchiladas Magic Mushrooms Tanta/ising Tostados Sumptious Seafood Stupendous

An impressive debut by a largely amateur cast who make no concessions for those not familiar with Edinburgh slang or humour. With local references to Edinburgh clubs

‘Cot one already,’ when approached by a Big issue vendor. (Ann Donald)

Bisk (Fringe) Crassmarket Project, The Caiton, Caiton Road (Venue 71) 558 3581, until 28 Aug, 6.30pm, £7 (£4).

Steaks Friendly Service


“The Inn Place to Hang Out”


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