Mr Loveday’s Little Outing (3 stars)

This article is from 2008.

This is an adaptation for the stage of Evelyn Waugh’s short story undertaken by the director and performed by a group of young confident actors and actresses bringing their very own show to The Fringe for the first time, and as such is an affirmation of the purpose of The Fringe.

The one act piece centres round some characters in a madhouse who should not have been incarcerated, including a finely portrayed Lord Moping, a wonderfully gibbering toga-clad classics master and a delicious blousy bombshell. Conversely, the apparently sane certainly needed locking up. It includes a strong performance from the doctor with a penchant for drink and the patient’s pills, played with depth by director Patrick Garety, a handsome and eloquent Mr Loveday and the mean Lady Moping enjoying life on the outside without her husband; and all providing the build up to Mr Loveday’s outing.

It succeeded with its simple staging, but a curious choice of well known music from a different era rather jarred. If you want a good show - and to see new young talent who I am sure will be back - then this is recommended viewing.

ECA Sweet, 1.45pm, until 24th Aug

Mr Loveday's Little Outing

  • 3 stars

Evelyn Waugh's comedic (to the point of lunatic) tale is presented by Theatrical Theatrics Productions 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2008'.

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