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21 ST CENTURY SCOT
‘In the unlikely event oi an emergency,’ said the Tannoy announcement, ‘please leave via the marked exits.’ And, as fate would have it, disaster beiell Margi Clarke’s show. Actually, Clarke’s show WAS the disaster. Thirty-live - count ’em - punters headed lor the hills as an internal klaxon blared, ‘this is absolutely pathetic.’ Clarke’s ‘21 st Century Scut’ is tired and tragic, a sad attempt to turn tool-mouthed brassiness into some sort ol oo-er,
And how we didn’t laugh as she embarked on a sad trawl through her briei moments ol celebrity adequacy: ‘letter To Brezhnev’, ‘Blonde Fist’, ‘The Good Sex Guide’. They were crap then and they’re crapper now,
rehashed and retarded. There are rambling monologues with no obvious point or punchline. There are toe- curling ‘songs’ walled over cod- rock/cod-lli-llllC backing tracks. The huge inflatable penis is bollocks, too. ‘Can you whistle?’ someone yelled. ‘Cet a lile!’ another added. ‘. . . and it
Sit back and enjoy the ride as the Goats take you on a tour of West Goatfordshire — visit the canned laughter factory. thrill to the freestyle Morris dancing competition, see the tallest man in the village burn. it’s the sheer cheeky- chappiness of the three young performers that compensates for the occasionally hackneyed subject matter (petty bureaucracy. US sitcoms. drama classes) in this
' sketch-based show.
There's more than enough true invention to impress, with glimpses of sick and black humour beneath the more gentle material. With a confident combination of verbal and
. physical gags. the show’s
an unashamed wallow in the spirit of comedy. Pacy. absurd. clever. (Grace Hodge)
I Curried Coat (Fringe) Pleasance (Venue 33) 556
Acting the goat
midnight. £5 (£3).
LOST in SPACE
lfyour idea of good music
§ doesn't include Lulu‘s
l ‘Shout’. then perhaps
! you‘d better give The
. Frigidaires a miss. This
' four-part. female a
’ cappella group from the
; planet Sh‘Boom are sent
5 to Earth to revitalise
' harmonic energy levels. which have grown dangerously low since
; they last landed here in
the 60s. ‘Beehive. be
I 6550, until 4 Sept. l
l happy' is their motto.
i Musical highlights
1 include a sci-ft theme medley. featuring Star Trek. Fireball X L5 and Captain Sear/er. it's not
I just their honeyed
; harmonies that make these women such a wow. A
' ﬁrst class script.
' flamboyant direction and
; quality characterisation all 5 make this a tasty treat.
l I lost In Space (Fringe)
just goes to prove that dreams can come true,’ coos Margi. Cue song. Cue exits. (Craig McLean)
21 st Century Scot (Fringe) Margi Clarke, Assembly Rooms (Venue 3) 226 2428, 11pm, until 3 Sept, £7.50/£8.50 (126.96.36.199).
The Frigidaires. Gilded Balloon (Venue 38) 226 2l52. until 4 Sept (not 3] Aug). 11.30pm. £6.50 (£5.50).
' a a
It’s 1958. and Trevor Bartlett is planning a musical treat for his newly pregnant wife — off down Shaftesbury Avenue for the latest West End hit. But since Trevor is Neil’s dad. the show he gets to see is something rather special. Drawing on his father‘s memories. Bartlettjunior concocts a witty and sometimes movingjourney through the backstage world of schmaltzy. mainstream theatre — running a whole gamut of querulous camp to world-weary queeniness — before crashing into the most self-referential musical you're ever likely to hear. Cute and slick. but a trifle more vacuous than Bartlett's distinguished previous achievemean might suggest. (Andrew Pulver)
I light Alter lllght (Fringe) Gloria. Traverse Theatre (Venue 15) 228 1404,10—12. 14.17—22. 24—29 Aug. 10.30pm. £8 l
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