Burger Van
Edinburgh Festivals

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): Burger Van at Space 1, Hollywood Room (venue 197). Reviewed by Sally Stott

I was looking forward to telling all you people who live in the Traverse that there’s a Fringe show in Phones 4U. So I was disappointed to find out that the company, along with everyone else who was supposed to perform there, was kicked out last minute. Now we’re in a generic hotel room; not that it really matters as the company, Sh!t Theatre, have the kind of lo-fi aesthetic that gleefully encompasses such unexpected circumstances.

Accompanied by props made of cardboard, a 1980s-style keyboard and a ukulele, graduates Tim and Phil muddle along in jobs they’re overqualified for, working in a burger van. Talking puppet burgers, cigars made from sausages and sitcom-style banter conceals a more serious message about the erosion of workers’ rights (with the increase in zero-hour contracts) and the lack of opportunities for young people.

But primarily it’s a fun romp, and while the amateurish mood sometimes gets out of control it’s invigorating stuff that, with a bit more structure, could be truly great. But then it might not be sh!t anymore, which would be a shame.

Burger Van is at Space 1. More info here.

Originally published in The Scotsman

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