Down in the dark caves of Just The Tonic waits ‘Afternoon Delight’, a showcase of five acts from around the Fringe who attempt to entertain and attract you to their full shows at the festival. ‘Afternoon Delight’ is not a particularly bad example of the form – acts like ‘WitTank’ and ‘Piff The Magic Dragon’ stand out from the pack, one a threesome of sketchsters, the other a wonderfully grumpy magic dragon. However, the show is let down by an indifferent and uncharismatic compere who begins the show hungover and muddling around on stage, leaving the audience cold for the first act. Considering many shows that do this better are on at the Free Fringe, the ticket price doesn’t feel justified.
Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4 – 28 Aug (not 17), 1.00pm (2.15pm), £5.00, fpp103.
tw rating 2/5