Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F*cked (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve Fucked

Photo: Roddy Peters

Blacker-than-black comedy has solid in-depth character study but lacks significant story-line

When booking tickets for this blacker-than-black comedy, it may be worth bearing in mind the words of Mike Myers’ Wayne Campbell, who, upon hearing that rock band the Shitty Beatles make awful music, quips: ‘So it’s not just a clever name.’ Yes, the conversations mentioned in the title are supremely awkward; and yes, they are conducted with non-humans the protagonist has … well, you get the point.

Jack Holden throws everything he’s got at the role of Bobby, a man with so much love to give he can’t be restricted to one species. In a series of escalating encounters – starting logically with man’s best friend and moving onto, er, other companions – he unloads his myriad neuroses, which include some majorly unresolved daddy issues and a beef with the limited worldview of the RSPCA.

Rob Hayes’ deliciously uncomfortable script foregrounds in-depth character study at the expense of a plot arc, and as such there’s not much of a story between the start and end points. Some jokes are also just a little too cute: on encountering a goat, Bobby remarks that he’s never had a sexual partner with a beard. Still, if it’s bestiality and awkward chat you want, there’s no more satisfying show in the Fringe.

Underbelly, Cowgate, 08445 458 252, until 24 Aug (not 13), 6.50pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50).

Awkward Conversations with Animals I've F*cked

  • 3 stars

One-night stands are awkward. One-night stands with animals are more awkward. A one-man tragi-comedy from award-winning playwright Rob Hayes (Step 9 [Of 12]; A Butcher of Distinction).