Living A Little
What's the point of surviving the zombie apocalypse if you're not going to live a little
The collapse of civilisation appears to have become a theme across 2016's Fringe, although this isn't necessarily a serious matter. Set in a world overrun by zombies, Living A Little is a comedy drama filled with booze, partying and the occasional Robin Thicke song. Stereotypical Scottish lad Rob and his sophisticated, camp flatmate Paul are surviving in their secure flat when Penelope arrives and disrupts their life.
The story unfolds over the course of a night in their living room as Rob, who refuses to give up his party lifestyle, gets everyone drunk and high on ecstasy. Penelope acts as the catalyst who highlights the relationship between the two friends, and allows the two male actors to show their strong comedy skills.
Unfortunately, Penelope fails to become a fully developed character and serves primarily to highlight Paul and Rob's witty interactions and excellent comic timing. The comedy is consistently strong, compared to the more serious lines, delivered by Penelope, which sometimes lack emotional impact. She brings the outside world in, and with her its chilling stories of a society gone dystopian, yet the dramatic moments often fall flat and fail to merge with the rest of the action.
While the emotional final scene ends the show on a powerful note, it is the skill of the two main actors and the humorous writing that makes for an entertaining hour: Rob's laddish banter and Paul's first time on ecstasy are great comedy moments. An uneven apocalypse, perhaps, but, as Rob seems intent on proving, the end of the world is another opportunity for some fun and games.
New Town Theatre, until 28 Aug (not 16), 7.40pm, £8 (£6).