Predrinks (3 stars)

Loud comedy for twentysomethings

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Predrinks | Afterparty

Taking a late night slot at The Underbelly has worked out well for Jude Mack and Eliot Salt's play: its pace and flow of caustic one-liners is ideal for a young crowd with a few drinks in them. There are huge problems with the plot – it hardly exists and revolves around the preparations for a big night out – and the venue swallows large portions of the speeches. However, the cast's relentless energy, enthusiasm and bravado pushes the action along from one punchline to the next.

There is little in the way of character development or, more crucially, the sexual chemistry that drives the tentative relationship between Jack (Julian Mack) and Jenny (Robyn Wilson). Every character has a similar wise-cracking, neurotic manner – although Jack and Jenny are noticeably less sexually confident. Problems are introduced and resolved rapidly, forcing the pace as new elements are introduced.

However, the ensemble are winning, despite their characters being irritatingly self-obsessed. They get the best out of the jokes and when a scene or sub-plot fails to ignite hilarity, there is another one to replace it. Whether there is mileage in the show away from the laugh demanding audiences of the Fringe is moot: Predrinks work best as the start of a rowdy night out.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 28 Aug, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Predrinks | Afterparty

  • 3 stars

Deadpan Theatre Following critically acclaimed Get Your Shit Together Deadpan theatre are back with new shows Predrinks and Afterparty. Join some flatmates for ill-advised predrinks as unexpected arrivals and revelations hamper their preparations for a big night out, and/or watch them roll in for the after-party as the…

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