COMEDY PREVIEW Stephen Frost
’It's all about shit,‘ explains Stephen Frost of the French farce Leonardo Was Right, in which he’s appearing this year. The Fringe stalwart, a veteran of twelve successive years, will be making a welcome return in Roland Topor's play ab0ut complications arising from blocked toilets in a country retreat. The play will be a welcome holiday, Frost reckons: for once he's acting in someone else's play, rather than writing his own.
His definition of a holiday is clearly different from others’, since he will also be doing three other shows at the Fringe. Stephen Frost’s Celebrity Pub Quiz takes the humble and familiar format of the title, adds such celebrity guests as Paul Merton and Sean Hughes, and creates improvisational comic anarchy.
Along similar lines is Stephen Frost’s lmpro All-Stars, featuring Steve Steen and Colin Mochrie from Whose Line ls ltAnyway? (on which Frost is a regular guest). Frost also directs Peter Searles in his own South American travelogueHey Gringo.
The signs are that holiday will have to wait until September. (Steve Cramer) I Stephen Frost’s lmpro All Stars (Fringe) La Belle Ange/e (Venue 7 07) 8—23 Aug, 7.30pm, £7.50 (£6.50).
I Stephen Frost’s Celebrity Pub Quiz
(Fringe) La Belle Ange/e (Venue 701 ) 10, 77 81 24 Aug, 7.30pm, f5 (Ed).
I Leonardo Was Right (Fringe) Gilded Balloon (Venue 38) 226 2 757, 8—24 Aug, 5.75pm, £6.50 (£5.50).
I Hey Gringo (Fringe) Gilded Balloon (Venue 38) 226 275 7, 8—30 Aug, 1.75pm, £6 (£5).
THEATRE PREVIEW Naked Wedding
Remember that special rosy glow of a new love affair, those fire-cracker feelings and the conVincing notion that you could take on the world together?
We've all been there, and back. Now picture a romantic restaurant, dimmed lighting and the object of your desire blurting out paSSionately, ’l masturbate sharks!’ Nothing like a bit of excitement in the honeymoon period.
That's Just what Foursight Theatre are about to give Fringe audiences With their brand new deVised show, Naked Wedding. Fresh from touring South Africa, this 905 love story has already been given standing ovations.
'It is the mUSlC and movement that give freshness to the piece,' says the company’s spokeswoman Sheena Lucas. 'Also, the text is sharp and funny. In one scene, the stilted conversation of the couple becomes increasingly bizarre and humorous.’ Enter the shark episode . Jaws Will never seem the same again! (Sarah Crawford)
I Naked Wedding (Fringe) Foursight Theatre, Theatre Workshop / Venue 20) 226 5425, 8-23 Aug (not 70, 77)
I 7 75pm, [7 50 (f6 50)
Seen at Battersea Arts Centre, London, Tue 29 Jul.
g Jump.’, says Maude Davey, is about ’the j moments in our lives when we make a 5 big decision, take a risk, leap into the
vOid.' Collectiver known as Crying In
J Public Places, Davey, her sister Anni and their onstage mates lane Bayly and Karen Hadfield are making a welcome
first-time leap onto the Fringe All four are seasoned performers in
These men will make you laugh: The Right Size in Do You Come Here Often?
f their native Australia. Their hour-long
: show is a fresh and engaging stream of a cappel/a songs, satirical scenes and
: touching monologues, flowing around : the rock-solid theme of personal
courage. It’s all presented With sweet, ironic intelligence and enough cheeky energy to get the performers literally up into the rafters. Their rhythmic harmonising
v on mostly original vocal material
borders on the celestial. As actors,
they’re confident, vulnerable and
E believable. The result is a small, Sincere i 10y. (Donald Hutera)
I Jump! (Fringe) Crying In Public Places,
, Gilded Balloon (Venue 38) 226 27 5 l, L 8-30 Aug (not ll, 78) 4pm, [4 50 ([3 50).
80 THE lIST 8—14 Aug 1997