Writer: Andy Davies
Reviewer: David Doyle
Sadly I Went To A Fabulous Party… is less fabulous, more dreary. The premise is rather straightforward, a group of gay and bisexual men are gathering for a party at married couple Matt and Lee’s house. There’s potential here for good comedy with many of the gay tropes from twink to gym bunny, to bear on stage, but it largely misses the opportunity to reap that comedy and instead it feels somewhat flat. When not shooting directly for comedy the show deals with Josh, a naïve teen coming to terms with his sexuality, which allows for some interesting commentary on the inter-generational differences within the LGBTQ community.
The weaknesses within the show are largely due to the writing, which never quite hits the right mark. There’s just never enough humour to carry the piece. Long running jokes in it, such as Lee weaving show tune names into everything he says, never feel funny enough to merit such a prominent place and the show never achieves the uproarious laughter that it needs. Combined with some odd movement sequences, a strange mix of audience interaction that’s never quite explained or justified, and a script that seems at times to be serving a need for full frontal nudity rather than a narrative arc, the show never seems sure of itself. It’s a real shame as many of the actors turn in fine performances but never really have the material to work with.
At a festival packed with interesting and innovative productions tackling the subject of the modern and historical experience of being LGBTQ, this production feels dated. While it might have worked a few years ago the show just feels somewhat dull, with the issues it’s trying to tackle dealt with much more deftly elsewhere. There’s room for an uproarious, late night, gay comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe but in its current form this isn’t it.
Runs until 30 August 2015