- Thom Dibdin
- 10 August 2018
This article is from 2018.
Clowning show with a right-on message
The three clowns of Better Together manage, just about, to overcome the problems of a title that is guaranteed to alienate almost half its potential Scottish audience. Although it still has that unpleasant taste of being told what is good for you.
A clown at a bus stop? That's great. A clown listening to their walkman and dancing? Even better. Two clowns? Double the fun – particularly when they're both listening to music and can't hear each other. It just gets more and more silly as they roll around the stage.
Add a third clown – the wonderfully bendy, athletic Avi Simmons who can't stop looking at her phone – and a long-running gag about waiting on a bus, and this could be an hour of pure wonderment, sight gags and rollocking physical comedy.
The innate silliness of modern life where our hand-held devices get in the way of our friendships is a solid starting point, and when the clowning grows out of such silliness, this is properly giggle-inducing. But that is also its message and there are just too many times when the message becomes the point of the show – rather than a consequence of its comedy.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 19 Aug, 10.30am, £8–£10 (£7–£8).