ED2012 Theatre Review: The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Townsend Productions and Unite Scotland)
By Roz Tuplin | Published on Wednesday 8 August 2012
The relevance of Edwardian socialism to today’s audiences couldn’t be better demonstrated by this warm, humorous and sometimes moving two-man performance of Stephen Lowe’s play. Based on the classic Robert Tressell book, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is likeable whatever your personal politics may be. Actors Neil Gore and Fine Time Fontayne are both excellent in all the roles, physically inhabiting the different characters fully and switching smoothly between them, all the time bouncing skillfully around the precarious set. A sing-along and a puppet show keep the audience enthralled and the actors move deftly between light-hearted banter and gloomier scenes. A show with its heart in the right place.
Assembly George Square, 1-27 Aug (not 13), 12:00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Roz Tuplin]