A brief discussion on patriotic art adequately expresses the playfulness of this uproarious outing from Mercenario Productions: as a foreign student points to a series of zealous Scottish paintings for clarification, the symbolism of ‘William Wallace, naked on his horse, charging for freedom’ and ‘Alex Salmond, naked on his chaise-longue, reclining for freedom’ is left to hang in the air like a sparkly sporran. National and international rivalries are subject to much teasing, as competing teachers resort to duelling and kidnap in this outrageously funny piece of theatre. In a script both deviously witty and endlessly quotable, language and meaning are prodded, juggled, and pulled apart like play-dough, resulting in an excellent show that is refreshingly tongue-in-cheek in its outlook.
The Playhouse On The Fringe, 1-27 Aug (not 13), 4.00pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Colette M Talbot]