The Edinburgh Fringe One-Weeker 2015 – old man’s Gift

Old Man's GiftA new day and an early start for our first show on Sunday 16th August – 10:00am at Venue 13, Lochend Close, Canongate for Laughing on the Edge Theatre’s production of old man’s Gift. I’ve deliberately not given the “old man” capital letters, because the theatre company doesn’t – and I’m not sure if that’s significant or not. Anyway, here’s the promotional material: “’Did you know that the German word gift means poison? It used to mean present – like in English – but then people started using it sarcastically.’ A group of friends have organised a birthday party for their former abuser. Their intentions are less than benign. In the emotional turmoil running up to midnight their relationships are strained beyond breaking point. A fast-paced black comedy about revenge and the attempt to escape the past.”

The castThis all sounds very sinister, and I’m suspecting the former abuser isn’t going to come out of it very well; but that also sounds like justice. I’m expecting a very black comedy and a number of rather painful themes, but I’m hoping it will all be handled with a lightness of touch and that the humour will be used to highlight the damage done by the abuse. Whatever, it could be a riveting start to the day! Laughing on the Edge theatre is made up of drama students from Trinity Saint David University in Carmarthen – Sara Heart, Lawrence Schrader, Daniel Sean and Sarah Beth Davies. The play is also written and directed by Sara Heart.

Check back shortly after 11.00 to see how we enjoyed it, and by then the preview blog for our lunchtime show should be online.


Very difficult subject matter and a very engrossing play with a surprise ending. I think it could be extended into an even more rewarding and revealing story. A few unexpected laughs too. This one will stay in your head for some time. Not for the faint hearted! 

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