Paul Vickers presents Ivor Cutlerian nonsense in Twonkey’s Blue Cadabra

This article is from 2013

Twonkey’s Blue Cadabra

Vickers' adsurdist comic creation returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Tell us, Mr Twonkey, what’s a Blue Cadabra? ‘It’s an enchanted cloth and known aphrodisiac from Casablanca.’ And what’s its story? ‘First we learn about a planet populated entirely by jockeys, which leads to a horse race and some high jinx. Next up we hear about the talking oven as the clock strikes afraid o’clock. Soon I am procrastinating about Stan Laurel’s road to sexual ecstasy and what it means to a sleepy Cumbrian backwater. The show features songs and puppets and some mind reading.’

Well done if you’re still with us on your first journey into the world of Twonkey, the continuing adventure from Edinburgh storyteller and musician Paul Vickers, an artist who probably gets away with being described as ‘madcap’. ‘My main skill is my imagination. I could win a war with it,’ says the former singer with John Peel-cherished, NME Brat Award-nominated Dawn of the Replicants and current mastermind of the cataclysmic Paul Vickers and the Leg. ‘I have always wanted to try every single area of the arts before I die. Life is too short to spend it just singing in an indie rock band.’

These sweet, surreal, sometimes action-packed fairytales are certainly a volte face. ‘People that enjoy warped storytelling in the vein of Ivor Cutler,’ he says when asked who his target audience comprises. ‘People of all ages seem to enjoy my show from about 18 to 75 but it’s all about letting go and floating down a strange river. If you don’t want to get wet and see the blood red turtle fish don’t come.’ Fraught Fringe reviewers also take heed: Mr Twonkey’s Daily Helpline for Journalists will be active throughout August. Seek professional help now.

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 477 7001, until 25 Aug (not 20), 7.30pm, free.

Twonkeys Blue Cadabra

  • 3 stars

Bananas cabaret act from the utterly delightful Mr Twonkey (aka Paul VIckers).