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Box Office 667 2212 Aug 8th - 29th 5.15pm (6.35 pm) £7.50/£5.50
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COMEDY PREVIEW The Right Size
Toilet humour: The Right Size
Sean Foley and Hamish McCoIl, collectively known as The Right Size, are on a roll. Having collected widespread acclaim for their part in Almeida's Mr Punt/Ila And His Man Matti at last year's Fringe, they've since collected an Olivier Award for Best Light Entertainment.
This year’s Fringe debut, Do You Come Here Often has a simple story, which Foley readily explains 'It's about two men stuck in a bathroom for 25 years. They JUSI find themselves stuck there — DaVId is about to give the best man's speech at a wedding, and my character, Kevin, is rust on the way to the corner shOp.’ Out of this initial comic scenario, the two Spin a yarn which involves a great deal of physical comedy. 'It's ourte vaudevillian, really — we acknowledge the play, but also that we're a double act performing it, so the rug gets pulled from under the audience. But it’s the kind of humour that doesn’t offend, and appeals to a very Wide audience' (Steve Cramer)
I Do You Come Here Often (Fringe) The Right Size, Observer Assembly (Venue 3) 226 2428, 75—30 Aug, 6.30pm, f9/f8 (EB/£7)
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COMEDY PREVIEW The Four Horsemen: At Last! It's War, Famine, Death And
Using the concept of world destruction as a framing deVice, The Four Horsemen ride Into town once again with their own special brand of tightly scripted sketch comedy. Last year, the comedy combo comprised of Jeremy Limb, Dan Mersh, Alys Torrance and Jessrca Wilcox was toasted the best show of '98 by a certain Mr Harry Enfield. Still not satisfied With how great their lives are, the Disparaging Brothers make their grumbling return as do the Girls on the Bus, Carly and Kelly-Lianne, With make-up tips and stories of alcopop inebriation. King Solomon Will be sharing his pearls of Wisdom and there Will be a trip back in time to those crazy carefree days of World War II. The strength of the show lies in the powerful dynamic of two girls and two boys, while director Richard Hurst describes the sketches as being 'Vaguely relevant Without being overtly political' (Catherine Bromley) I The Four Horsemen At Last! It ’5 War, Famine, Death And Pestilence! (Fringe) The Four Horsemen, Gilded Balloon (Venue 38) 226 2 75 7, 6—30 Aug (not 76), 7 45pm, £7 (£6).
COMEDY PREVIEW Colin Murphy
’Versatility' is a word that comes to mind when describing this Northern lrish comedian He's Currently Juggling his acting career (he co-starred in the film Divorcmg lack and is a regular face on various television shows) and his escalating comedy career. Originally wowmg audiences in Belfast, his popularity spread during 1998 to the rest of lreland and UK to Australia. The star of last year's Young Gifted And Green show IS now readying himself for his debut
Edinburgh solo show, packed With new
off-beat observational humour 'This year I’m bringing my first solo show to Edinburgh If comedy is the new rock 'n' roll, it feels a bit like releasing your
: first album Up until now I've had a
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few reasonably successful singles and a couple of good EPs and now it’s time to see if I'm going to be a Robbie Williams or a Gary Barlow.’ Take that. (Tracy Griffen)
I Colin Murphy (Fringe) Pleasance (Venue 33) 556 6550, until 30 Aug (not 9, 23), 7.30pm, [8.5005750 (£7.50 /£6.50).
COMEDY PREVIEW Steve Best Is Immature
'There’s an Elvis routine In it where I pull handkerchiefs out of my bottom.’ Steve Best admits this after assuring me that despite its title, the content of his performance is not wholly lavatorial (even If blurbs about the show proudly proclaim that amongst other things, he does press-ups on his Willy, eats balloons and farts like a trooper).
Mr Best seems to have particular difficulty categorising his act: 'There's quite a lot of props and bits and bobs in It, some music bits, very strange routines and a bit of comedy interspersed With stand-up.’ Although he does reveal that his gags are visual — ’kind of Steve Martiny and Tommy Cooperish’ — and peppered with observational one-liners. Perhaps not one for your granny, but It promises be a sight to behold. (Dawn Kofie)
I Steve Best ls Immature (Fringe) Steve Best, Pleasance (Venue 33) 556 6550, until 30 Aug (not 9, 23), 7 30pm,
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THEATRE PREVIEW Hello Dali . . . Atomic
Salvador Dali was a complex and difficult man and certainly not an easy SUDJECI to tackle In one hour of theatre. Attracted to the subject 'because of his sheer theatrical persona,’ writer Andrew Dallmeyer is a prolific and successful enough artist to be able to meet this tall order. Bringing Dali to life on stage is Avi Nassa. Of his rendering of Dali, Dallmeyer says: 'It's a virtuoso part and it Will get a virtuoso performance from Avi ’ In typical Dali style, the one-man show opens With the artist’s death and ends with his birth. With the flesh of his life cut into ten maior topics and numbered, the audience are then invited to pick a number and Dali recounts that part of his life. Exposmg the artist's sexual and scatological obsessions, Dallmeyer promises that ’it Will be funny and hopefully a little disturbing. I think he would have liked It if he saw it.‘ (Catherine Bromley)
I Hello Dali . . Atomic (Fringe) Whispering Eyes Theatre Company, C3 (Venue 126) 225 5705, 6—30 Aug (not Wed), 7.30pm, f 7 (£5).
THEATRE PREVIEW The Caribbean Tempest
The best grass in town during the Fringe is available right outside the Botanic Garden's hothouses, according to director Toby Gough. On the giant green lawn to be precise, where the one hour forty minute dub reggae