Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Sunset Five, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott.
A cowboy quizmaster, a rocking local band and a woman who can get through six firewalls before breakfast: the definitely light, funny and irreverent DugOut Theatre have created another lively little show that, this time, revolves around a pub quiz team with a very particular set of skills.
When the local capitalist and all-round villain threatens the pub with closure unless its landlady can raise £80,000, the gang decide to find the money by organising a casino heist.
While the energetic direction (from George Chillcott) and live music are more polished than the, at times, juvenile jokes, it’s a piece that takes the structure of Ocean’s Eleven and then filters it through the lens of pretty much every Simon Pegg movie in a way that clearly isn’t intended to be taken too seriously.
Touching upon the housing and financial crisis, the story toys with becoming a more biting kind of comedy, then quickly abandons this. While the company’s deliberately heightened style and accessible approach is very appealing – and clearly loved by their many fans – it feels like they could achieve much more if they embraced and explored the satire that occasionally shines through.
Pleasance Dome (Venue 23) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015
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