The Meeting (4 stars)

This article is from 2008

The Meeting

Hanging loose with sketches and site-specific silliness

Two disgruntled men get up and walk out of The Meeting just minutes before a mysterious mobile phone twitters away. The beauty of this site-specific gem is that it’s not immediately certain whether these are an unfortunate series of two events or subtle comic ruses put in place to further the sense of disorientation in this boardroom setting just a few minutes walk from the Pleasance. One minute, Simon Bird, Joe Thomas and Jonny Sweet are bickering about the minutiae of office life, the next they are not so much dipping their toes as plunging headlong into surrealist mayhem.

It’s one thing to concoct a brilliant idea (a meeting headed up by executives who are afraid of ghosts, unsure what petty cash is and hellbent on finding a missing mug) another is to pull it off. The trio collectively known as the House of Windsor are proving that their vision of silliness is currently being matched by a playful talent. Escaping the shirt and tie, Bird had been concentrating on the Chortle Student Comedy Award final (he came second) while Sweet and Thomas have been playing around some more in The Jonny and Joe Show though others might call it ‘dicking about’.

The Meeting, Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 6.20pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8–£9).

The Meeting

  • 4 stars

An intriguing show which takes audience members through a surreal board meeting, from some fine young writing talent. Suits not required. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.