Thursday 16 August 2012 | By Andy Leask
ED2012 Comedy Review: Comedian Dies In The Middle Of Joke (Show and Tell / Escalator East to Edinburgh)
Interactive Theatre. Two words guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of all but the most intrepid of Fringe-goers. Luckily, there’s nothing to fear here, as we’re all in it together. Everyone in the audience has multiple roles to play as we cycle repeatedly through the last 5 minutes of a comedian’s life in 1983. Each character has a simple instruction card to follow – heckle at a certain time, give a certain response to the comedian – switching places every five minutes. It’s silly fun, and unlike anything else I’ve seen in the theatre; by the final iteration, you’ll know the shape of the story, but the devil, as always, is in the (improvised) details.
Pleasance Dome, 1-27 Aug (not 13), 2.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Leask]