Comedy review: Plague of Idiots
Comedy review: Plague of Idiots

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 …

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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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