Bat-Fan (3 stars)

This article is from 2015


Credit: Steve Ullathorner

A loving musical tribute to the caped crusader

If you are in any way an admirer of either Batman or musical theatre, this show really is for you. If you happen to be an aficionado of both, do not let the month expire without a visit to Bat-Fan. James Wilson-Taylor has been smitten by the caped crusader for as long as he can remember (amusing visual evidence is available) and this obsession has led to him putting on his own Fringe show in tribute.

Though what he really wants in life is to nab the title role in the next big-screen outing before Ben Affleck ruins it all for everyone in the same way that Joel Schumacher (‘the melting Paul McCartney’) destroyed the world of Gotham City with his 1997 direction of Batman and Robin (it’s not just the weakest Batman film of them all, it’s actually been voted as the actual worst film ever).

There is a degree of standard opinion and fact such as the Adam West-era TV show being just a little bit camp and the observation that some recent stars have tended to somewhat mumble their moody lines but in the main, this is an enjoyable romp through one man’s life-long love affair. Particularly impressive is his run-down of lesser-known villains (Kite Man, anyone?). Kapow! and so forth.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 30 Aug, 3.30pm, £10–£12 (£8–£10).


  • 3 stars

Bound & Gagged Comedy by arrangement with James Wilson-Taylor Join Bat-Fan James Wilson-Taylor for stand-up, sketches and songs direct from Gotham City. See all the Bat-films recapped and the world's first Batsical (Batman musical), as James pitches himself as the next caped crusader. Directed by Jon Brittain…