Director: Rev. Lewis Ironside
Reviewer: Katie Mitchell
It’s the last night of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; actors, techies, directors and thespians alike are preparing for one last booze-up to celebrate what has been a fantastic 2014 Fringe.
Most of these people get themselves along toSh*t-Faced Shakespeare; a traditional Shakespearean play with a twist; one of the actors is completely ‘shakespeared’ a.k.a (sh*t-faced) while the other classically trained actors have to continue as if none of the wiser. Tonight the play of choice isTwo Gentlemen of Veronaand the actor, who has had 1 bottle of beer, 2 bottles of cider and ¾ of a bottle of gin (before the show has even begun) is John Mitton.
The performance is typically funny; Mitton forgets his lines, makes up new lines, he smokes an e-cig on stage, he drinks more on stage, he has costume malfunctions etc. However, you might have to be ‘Sh*t-Faced’ yourself to find Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare hilarious. At times the performance falls flat when Mitton is not on stage or is muted from off-stage and the rest of the cast continue the play as normal. The play is difficult to follow, even for those familiar with it, as the cast fail to keep on track as they are hugely distracted by Mitton and at times try to ignore him and not embrace his intoxicated self. The performance is a real crowd pleaser however as the actors interact and get the audience involved throughout.
Magnificent Bastard Productions is gaining a huge following since their first fringe appearance in 2012 and is now performing to sell-out audiences. Their performance is risky, experimental and chaotic but you can’t help but find it funny.Sh*t-Faced Shakespeareis a fun piece of late night entertainment which can be thoroughly enjoyed if you have had a drink or two.
Reviewed on 25th August