Edinburgh-on-Sea (4 stars)

This article is from 2008.


Causing a splash on the Fringe

There are performances in campervans and squash courts on the Fringe this year, but a swimming pool is one of the quirkiest venues. Liz Bentley commandeers the pool for a show that includes her own barmy lo-fi poetry and observations on life plus appearances from some of her equally kooky mates. It’s undoubtedly an atmospheric setting for what is not a slick but certainly fun 52 minutes and if you want to join them in the water you’re perfectly welcome.

It’s difficult to imagine Edinburgh-on-Sea being the same every night, and for this one there were many oddball delights, including fast-paced verse about elves and shelves from Rachel Pantechnicon, a Teutonic Pink Floyd rendition by the glamorous Scarlet Billows and a touching whale poem from Simon Linney. Plus, there’s some delightfully bad co-ordinated synchronised swimming and the oddest game of pool you’re likely to see. Towels supplied, bring your own cossie.

Apex International Hotel, 0870 241 0136, until 24 Aug, 10.38pm, £8–£9 (£7–£8).


  • 4 stars

Liz Bentley and mates present an odd-ball look at life - all set in a swimming pool. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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