Theatre review: Festivus
Theatre review: Festivus

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Festivus, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett. ★★ A Roman-themed music festival is the setting of this four-hander about more contemporary debauchery. Two student couples slowly unravel over a weekend of tent sex, drugs and drum and bass, as tensions rise around suspected adultery, a long-dead brother and a poo …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Festivus, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett.

★★

A Roman-themed music festival is the setting of this four-hander about more contemporary debauchery. Two student couples slowly unravel over a weekend of tent sex, drugs and drum and bass, as tensions rise around suspected adultery, a long-dead brother and a poo in a plastic bag.

But it’s difficult to care too much as these confident and natural young actors are stifled by a remarkably meandering and inconsequential script. The pop-up tents, toilet paper and gas canister-strewn grass set will be familiar to anyone who has been to Glastonbury, but the uneven plotting and hackneyed dialogue miss the mark.

C Nova (Venue 145) until 31 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 11 August 2015

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