August 12th, 2008


Shakespeare for Breakfast

I knew two things about this fringe show:
a) It's performed at 10am, and you get coffee and croissants.
b) The players perform fragments of the bard's plays.

The latter turned out to be me making things up... it's original plays, riffing off the bard, RSC-style. In this year's performance, several of Will's characters (R+J, Macbeth and Lady M, Prospero and Malvolio) are accidentally transported into TV-Land. Skits upon the Apprentice and The Weakest Link follow.

It was all highly amusing, and quite unlike what I expected (fr'ex, for some reason I was imagining this transpiring in a standard cafe, and we'd get to choose our breakfast. Nope: urns of tea'n'coffee, and a croissant waiting on every theatre-style seat).

But, the speed-bump of missed expectations aside, this was all rather jolly, and I'd do it again. Though Malvolio's voice was 'orribly nasal.

The Sword of Maximum Damage

An hilarious adventure in the world of fantasy roleplaying games, this was billed as. For some reason, I imagined that this would be played from inside a game, so we'd have the standard fantasy characters, who would nonetheless point out rings of earth-walking and charisma-plus-three. Nope - it's set in the hall of a role-playing tournament, wherein the final of Caverns and Kings is taking place around a board.

Still, it was mildly entertaining, with some good laugh-out-loud moments. Not many of them, I'll grant you, but they were there. I'd give this a three out of five, I think. Part of that is because the narrator was an unnecessary role; I felt that a bit more work on the script would have made him entirely redundant, as everything he said could have been portrayed by the protagonists.

And there wouldn't have been the godawful song.

The Return of the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre

This rocked.

There's a shedload of clips of the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre on YouTube. Go look 'em up. This is just like that, but six-to-ten times longer, and live, with Kev Sutherland responding to the crowd (and playing them well, to boot). We laughed, lots. And quoted the show the entire taxi-journey home.

Four and a half out of five. Recommended.

Anyway. YouTube. Now.