Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Double Life of Malcolm Drinkwater, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott.
At the end of this new comedy drama caper from the Comedians’ Theatre Company everyone gets to hug Patrick Monahan. That’s the kind of cosy and inviting atmosphere there is. As both writer and one of the performers, he’s down among the audience from the start, checking no-one’s in the wrong place and warning us that if there’s a fire we’re not all going to make it out alive.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are lots of jokes, but also a solid story following a depressed husband (the brilliantly stony-faced Gary Colman), who keeps failing to kill himself, pursued by a hitman (Monahan), who can’t quite finish the job either.
Set in a tower block estate, the cheery “Hello? Hello?” of a constantly visiting neighbour (Lucy Frederick) and attempts of a petty criminal (Archie Maddocks) to rob everyone, bubble away in the background.
With scenes structured like comedy sketches, there are some great one-liners and a nice little structure that builds to a warm and fuzzy conclusion, even though pretty much everyone ends up dead.
It’s a piece that could be developed into something bigger and deeper, but there’s a sharp little idea in the middle and a lot of love going on everywhere else.
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House (Venue 170) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 18 August 2015
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