Totally bonkers, ‘School of Night’ is a weird hybrid of a high school English lesson and a broad, tawdry comedy show. Weird isn’t bad however, and while the Shakespearean shtick may initially go over your head, the performers are always there to talk you through exactly what’s going on. And what exactly is going on is a semi-improvised parody of a Shakespeare play in which the actors bounce off audience suggestion. The cast are all incredibly impressive, making improv in Elizabethan lingo look almost easy (although you do get the feeling they might be rhyming off Shakespeare’s shopping list and you would be none the wiser). Still, the Bard has never been this much fun, or indeed, as zanily insane.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4-26 Aug (15), 3.05pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Patricia-Ann Young]