Early Doors (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

Early Doors

Interactive Edinburgh Festival Fringe show is a well-written love letter to the local boozer

Early Doors starts as an interactive pub takeover. The cast, already in character, knock aside the fourth wall and welcome unsuspecting punters into the family-run Jinglin' Geordie on Fleshmarket Close. The usual suspects – the lothario barman, thuggish bouncer, boorish owner and giggling girls in the corner – give much needed life to a noonday start.

Once the show kicks off the tumbling improvisation is replaced with a more lyrical energy. The characters, seemingly so thinly sketched are given more depth, through monologues and confrontations, each one shown to be as flawed, vulnerable and vulgar as the others. The rapid fire rhythmic script echoes the performance poetry of John Cooper Clarke as they draw out the confusions that so often exist between couples.

Above all, this show is a love letter to the local and has that familiar pub feel. The audience are invited to buy a pint from Luis (the exuberant and surprisingly sagacious Ecuadorian barman), and hear tales that have all the tragedy and hilarity of a memorable night out. 

Pleasance Pop-Up: The Pub, until 25 Aug (not 11, 19), £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9).

Early Doors

  • 3 stars

Immersive theatre from Not Too Tame.