Scaramouche Jones (2 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Scaramouche Jones, the white-faced clown, has lived a century and wants to tell you the story of his life. Bring a cushion, because it's gonna be a loooong ride. An energetic performance from writer Justin Butcher doesn't hide the fact that this self-indulgent production is overwritten but lacking human warmth.

Assembly Rooms, until 25 Aug, 12.20pm, £12–£13 (£10–£12).


1. Uberdirektor25 Aug 2008, 6:45pm Report

I don't know what play Kristen saw. When I went, the audience was enchanted by Butcher's enchanting performance and all but a few stood for him at the end. Amazing writing, terrific performance, wonderful sets and lighting. Much MUCH more than your normal fringe offering. I would suggest, if Kristen has any ambitions to write for a living, that she take a leaf out of Butcher's book.

2. HEW26 Aug 2008, 1:17pm Report

This was the best performance I saw at the Fringe this year. The writing was fantastic and Justin Butcher's performance mesmerising. Like most of the audience, I felt compelled to give a standing ovation. As for 'lacking human warmth', this is so contrary to every aspect of the performance that I have to question whether Kirstin actually saw the play prior to her 'review'.

3. Steve E26 Aug 2008, 4:32pm Report

A bizarre review from Kirstin. Lacking human warmth? It was an outstanding performance from Justin whose energy and intensity was unrelenting throughout. Perhaps Kirstin prefers the fluffier stuff.

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