The Edinburgh Fringe One-Weeker 2019 – The People’s Boat, 21st August 2019

The People's BoatTime for another comedy play, and hopefully, it’s a good’un. It’s Moaning Toad Productions’ The People’s Boat, at Olive Studio @ Greenside @ Infirmary Street, at 21:00 on Wednesday 21st. Here’s the blurb: “One dinghy. Lost at sea. Four disillusioned knobheads. Join Britain’s most dysfunctional quartet as they attempt the impossible mission of towing the UK away from the continent. This new comedy follows the intrepid but ignorant explorers as they grapple with life on the ocean and the futility of their existence. On a crusade to somewhere sunny, they encounter rough winds, soggy pasties and trouble with their neighbours. After weeks and weeks of parlour games and pissing overboard, food is running out and patience is wearing thin. Wherever it is they’re headed, they’re taking Britain with them…”

I’m sensing a Brexit analogy here! With any luck it will be pithy and revelatory – and not just depressing. Check back shortly after 10 pm to see how much we enjoyed it. By then the next preview blog should be available to read too.

Four young actors act out an allegory about Brexit, interspersed with scenes of them planning the play that they’re currently performing. Nice idea. The scenes of the planning actors work much better than the actual “play” scenes, which are for the most part shouty and a bit gross. Shame – I really wanted to enjoy this because it’s heart is so in the right place; but it doesn’t really work, I’m afraid.

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