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Fringe

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Until Sat Apr 13 2013

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Jimbo

Truly amazingly awful. I have been going to Fringe theatre for almost two decades and the surprises have usually been good. This is only the second time in all those years I couldn't bear to go back for the second half, and knew it after about 10 minutes. At the interval I was about to explain my thoughts to my friend when he simply opened with "I don't imagine you propose going back for the second half, because if you do you are on your own". It is hard to tell if the acting was as bad as it seemed (and the standard was "consistent") because the characters are so dreadfully written they would make Daniel Day Lewis come across as a failed ham actor. I felt I was watching a 1960s agitprop theatre group pitch their proposal for a new CBBC (or even CeeBeeBees) programme. Ironically, the actor who played "the man from the BBC" was up to scratch. I was reminded of the 80s show "The Young Ones", not even remotely as a comparison, but just to emphasize how good the 80s show was, with this being the direct antithesis of it. To use the words Cliche-ridden is far too cliched itself to describe the show. This production takes us into a level of almost Meta-cliche. Maybe it was intended to be ironic, but irony does require some comic talent. Pissing gags, gagging gags, hysterical screeching of amazingly unfunny lines in comedy northern accents and drumming on bits of metal for no reason whatsoever. It couldn't have been more squirm-inducing if they had asked for audience participation. I cannot imagine this will be remembered on the Roll of Honour at the otherwise always worth visiting "White Bear" Theatre. I hope it will make those involved consider whether a career in drama really is the right path to take.

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