A patchwork of stand-up, sketches and publicity stunts, this performance was tied together by the thread of Edinburghs gone by. It worked largely as a retrospective of Barry’s (technically Lionel’s…) decade-long Fringe tenure, during which he fantasised about an Edinburgh ombudsman telling him objectively whether his productions were worth the hassle (and the bankruptcy). It did stray into the realm of farce many times (purposefully or not), yet ultimately the hitches became the highlights, not a reflection on the script but on Ferns (Richie) himself who handled them impeccably. While Barry’s (Lionel’s) doubts about the Fringe were prescient, if I could step into his imaginary official’s shoes just for a second, I’d assure him he wasn’t wasting his time.
The Hive, 2-27 Aug (not 15), 4.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Rachel Aroesti]