BEASTS Present Mr Edinburgh 2016 (2 stars)

Spectacularly unsubtle and patently unsafe mucking-about to little effect

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BEASTS Present Mr Edinburgh 2016

What is it about Tom Parry and naked arses? After sending out a publicity photo for the Pappy's man's debut solo show last August which contained images of him hanging out at the back, his direction of BEASTS' latest sketch tomfoolery continues the trend. Ciarán Dowd, the trio's tall and ungainly Irish member, wears a gym outfit which can best be described as 'revealing'. What's also becoming abundantly clear is that BEASTS are less than vaguely interested in putting on a show that allows even the slightest trace of subtlety to exist. In health and safety-threatening scenes, they clamber over each other (when one of the three comes crashing down after a vociferous spot of roustabouting, we are reassured with the words 'it's not as bad as it sounds'), pile across the front rows and chuck squished tomatoes into the crowd and across the stage.

It's all harmless(ish) fun really, but the show's set-up of this threesome competing for the crown of Mr Edinburgh is relentless in its pursuit of daftness, not shy in telegraphing most of its moves, and ultimately just a bit tedious. Watching BEASTS and knowing that Parry is involved only makes you yearn for the occasional spot of clever thinking that went into the Pappy's stage work.

Pleasance Dome, until 29 Aug (not 13), 7pm, £9–£11 (£8–£10).

BEASTS Present Mr Edinburgh 2016

  • 2 stars

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