Jon Harvey: TreasuRETROve (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Jon Harvey: TreasuRETROve

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A show about bad movies which has its own twist ending

There's often a twist in a Fringe show that it would be churlish to reveal in a review. But it's really not possible to talk directly about more than half of Jon Harvey's TreasuRETROve without spoiling it. So best tread carefully here. The part that can be revealed is that Harvey is a big fan of awful movies, those b-movie types that go straight to video / DVD release or the ill-advised sequel of a film that was rubbish in the first place. Harvey takes us through these horrors that were introduced to him by his big brother Dan when they were growing up in the 80s and he's loved them ever since.

But there's only so many badly-shot shark attacks most of us can take, and just when you're thinking enough is enough, Harvey moves off into his BBC journalism career, subsequently revealing a turn of events that you're really not going to guess without the gift of second sight.

It's a twist that celebrates the underdog and crap superheroes, and is as satirical as it is ridiculous. Plus it was a golden idea to do a Fringe show about. To find out, the only option left open to you is to buy a ticket.

Assembly George Square Theatre, until 26 Aug, 9.40pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Jon Harvey: TreasuRETROve

  • 3 stars

Phil McIntyre Entertainments by arrangement with Noel Gay Intrepid pop-culture archaeologist Jon is on a mission, hunting gems for his treasuRETROve of the world’s most unintentionally ingenious films and telly, to save them from being lost to the ravages of time and good taste. Daring to venture where most movie fans…