Very Blue Peter (2 stars)

Fringe review.

Late night chaos and cheap laughs

The dominance of comedy, late-night slots and drunk audiences have encouraged a Fringe fashion for 'party theatre': heavy on audience interaction, leery and self-consciously shambolic. Very Blue Peter, imagining the venerable BBC children's institution hijacked by disgruntled presenters, follows this trend, but relies on noise, crude humour and mockery without building on its concept.

Consisting of vaguely related episodes that fizzle out, VBP is fast-paced but dramaturgically lazy. Its humour depends on the juxtaposition of the Blue Peter format with adult emotional tragedy, drug use and a sudden, irrelevant nudity. The cast has little to do but shout and mug, and many of the jokes fail to land.

Lacking much interest in satire or structure, VBP is shallow and crushes potential wit beneath blunt references and occasional meta-theatrical slapstick. Underdeveloped and slapdash, it is disappointing and seems to care more about being brash than entertaining.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 27 Aug, 11.15pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

Very Blue Peter

  • 2 stars

Eastlake Productions England are out of the World Cup. JK Rowling is still pretty skint. Richard Bacon has been framed. Or did it really happen? Or was it all just a cover-up of something much, much bigger? Get your badge on, here's one we made earlier, welcome to the set of Very Blue Peter. A bonkers, immersive…

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Mon 20 Aug

Billiard Room

£10 (£9) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 21 Aug

Billiard Room

£10 (£9) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 22 Aug

Billiard Room

£10 (£9) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 27 Aug

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