The Penny Dreadfuls’ Humphrey Ker must be having the most fun on the Fringe this year. His breathtakingly inventive and tremendously quotable one-man spy fiction spoof was a rollicking, cinematic masterpiece, which would thoroughly deserve the coveted Best Newcomer trophy at the end of August. Bursting with dozens of hilarious similes, wonderfully jingoistic linguistic flourishes, and ingenious wartime jokes that only a former History undergraduate could have written, this was a multi-layered spectacle that I would have paid to watch several evenings in succession. Not only because it was almost sinfully entertaining, but also because the packed audience’s ecstatic laughter, which arrived every fifteen seconds without failure, must have drowned out countless sophisticated subtleties in the performance. Verdict – five swastikas.
Pleasance Courtyard, 3 – 29 Aug (not 17), 7.15pm (8.10pm), £10.00 – £12.50, fpp89.
tw rating 5/5