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This show opens With a spoof of local

radio which is only slightly amusing and a good five minutes too long.

Thereafter, the whole play is terribly stretched and not really worth the time and effort lavished on it by Gowan Calder and Leonard McCaffer.

An under-achievmg DJ for 'Radio Firth' and a failed middle-aged actress discover after three years together that they still have a few secrets. The relationship falls apart.

It’s like tuning in to an episode of a foreign soap: formulaic, everything's blown out of proportion and you can't relate to any of the characters. One further drawback -- you can't change channels. (Stephen Naysmith)

I Lush (Fringe) White Rabbit Cowboys, The City Cafe (Venue 750) 229 5600, until 28 Aug, 8pm, £5 (£4).


Jason Freeman fir fir * 1r

Swamp donkeys on crack, Scrabble- playing demons, and a friend called Johnny Bang Bang. We all have our crosses to bear, but Jason Freeman must have inherited the Crucifix factory. HaVIng played Sid VICIOUS In Richard Herring’s show last year, and appearing none the worse for the experience, Freeman is a charming and effusive caffeine guzzler With facial hair on loan from Steve Buscemi. He refuses to tells Jokes per se, but overcomes this daft post-modern affliction by offering invaluable worldly

adVice, and laughing at fat people falling off camels until fizzy stuff comes out of his nose. We've all been there. (Rodger Evans)

I Jason Freeman (Fringe) The Pleasance (Venue 33) 556 6550, until 30 Aug (not 26) 9pm, £8/f8. 50 (£7/£7.50).


Opium Eater ****

Andrew Dallmeyer’s account of Thomas De Quincey's stay in 18203 Edinburgh proves that Auld Reekie not only had a drug culture long before Trainspotting, but long before trains.

De Quincey lives in utter poverty, agonizing over magazine deadlines and trying to write his masterpiece Confessions Of An Opium Eater. His only comforts are his laudanum tincture and the companionship of a simple beggar, Willie.

The banter between the two is great sparky tragi-comic stuff, owing more than a little to Laurel and Hardy. Their relationship is compassionate and touching, an oasis of humanity amid dissolute city slums. Heartbreakineg good. (Peter Ross)

I Opium Eater (Fringe) Australian National Theatre Company, Netherbow Theatre (Venue 30) 556 9579, until 30 Aug, 8.30pm, f7 (f4 50)


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