Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Plague of Idiots, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick.
This is strange but fun, family friendly, postmodern clowning by an enthusiastic young quintet of performers.
We get silly, ancient pantomime gags, daft dancing, some apple-based slapstick and what can only be described as an immersive rendition of Singing in the Rain.
There is a self-aggrandising host whose Shakespearean performances are a little lacking in … Shakespeare, Mariano who has his own, more visual take on the Bard (although we still don’t get any Shakespeare), Mr Loulou le Louvre who has his own problems on violin and a sweet, allegedly Swiss blonde whose Juliet displays a petulance not normally associated with the role.
Then there is a tall thin bloke in a top hat who purports to be a Master of Illusion.
It is worth coming to the show just to see what he does with a toilet roll while wearing a Viking helmet. Finally, surprisingly, we get Shakespeare. From the most unexpected of sources. And it is quite beautiful. This is a show you just have to go with. And it will reward you.
Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 19 August 2015
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