The Edinburgh Fringe One-Weeker 2017 – Late Night, 26th August 2017

Late NightTaking us up to Sunday morning is Late Night at the Bedlam Theatre at 23:00 on Saturday 26th. Here’s the blurb: “Strap in tight to the most rad, bizarre, awe-inspiring comedy and alt-performance rollercoaster at the Fringe! We’re back for our third year with one-off takeovers from your favourites, cabaret stuffed to the gunnels with fun and a feeling of general satisfaction. Last year’s stage was graced by Fern Brady (The Alternative Comedy Experience, 8 Out of 10 Cats), Andrew Ryan (Russell Howard’s Good News), 2016 Funny Women Awards winner Harriet Braine, sketch-mongers Princes of Main, Fringe First nominee clown Helen Duff and World Poetry Slam champion Harry Baker. This year’s line-up is ruddy epic – get down here!”

Not entirely sure what to expect – and I guess that’s the point! A variety of comics and cabaret artists, I hope, with that unpredictable Fringe twist. Check back shortly after midnight to see what happened. By then the final preview blog should be available to read too.

So it turned out to be an hour in the company of Lach; an American guitar singer who also tells jokes and does poetry. I found his music soporific, but in a good way. But it was very low key in comparison to what I was expecting, and I wouldn’t have booked his show under other circumstances. Sorry Lach, I just wasn’t your natural audience.

4 thoughts on “The Edinburgh Fringe One-Weeker 2017 – Late Night, 26th August 2017

  1. Well, congratulations, you made it through The Review Blitz! (Conditions recently making the slog notably difficult).

    I read one each night to counterbalance the effect of the bad writing stumbled upon elsewhere.

    No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: My guess is that even though you prefer to be diplomatic about the occasional failures, you’re still heckled from time to time by those who want to be fawned upon. There’s one or two of them in the theater, rumor has it.

    • Thank you for your kind words and for sticking with it to the bitter end! As someone who likes to concentrate on the good things rather than the bad, it sometimes irks me not to be able to be more effusive. But there’s no point doing all this stuff if you don’t tell the truth… and yes, sometimes it’s not entirely popular!

  2. No Turn Unstoned, The Worst Theatrical Reviews, Diana Rigg [1938- ]; Arrow Books Ltd. (Century Hutchinson Ltd.; orig. Elm Tree Books a later reprint 1987; Hamish Hamilton Ltd. 1982 original copyright; 1987 paperback)

    “A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him [about] what he meant.” — Wilson Mizner (1876-1933)

    * * *

    Why praise of “Unstoned” is superfluous:

    “Liberace, in The Music Box Show, Palladium, April 1960. Reviewed by Bernard Levin [1928-2004] in the Daily Express.

    “The new variety bill at the Palladium includes Mr Liberace, the Beverley Sisters, Miss Janet Medlin, some acrobats & a ventriloquist.

    “The deepest lake in the British isles is Loch Moar. The new variety bill at the Palladium includes Mr Liberace, the Beverley Sisters, Miss Janet Medlin, some acrobats & a ventriloquist.

    “The lethal dose of clostridium botulinum type D is 0.00006 milligrams for an adult male by peritoneal injection. The new variety bill at the Palladium includes Mr Liberace, the Beverley Sisters, Miss Janet Medlin, some acrobats & a ventriloquist.

    “The average daily sale of the Daily Express during March was 4,132,000. The new variety bill at the Palladium includes Mr Liberace, the Beverley Sisters, Miss Janet Medlin, some acrobats & a ventriloquist.

    “Bogotá is a city in Columbia. The new variety bill at the Palladium includes Mr Liberace, the Beverley Sisters, Miss Janet Medlin, some acrobats & a ventriloquist.

    “The postal rate for reply-paid cards sent to a foreign country is eightpence. The new variety bill at the Palladium includes Mr Liberace, the Beverley Sisters, Miss Janet Medlin, some acrobats & a ventriloquist.

    “The distance by road from Leeds to Gloucester is approximately 159 miles. The new variety bill at the Palladium includes Mr Liberace, the Beverley Sisters, Miss Janet Medlin, some acrobats & a ventriloquist.

    “Melbourne time is 10 hours later than Greenwich Mean Time. The new variety bill at the Palladium includes Mr Liberace, the Beverley Sisters, Miss Janet Medlin, some acrobats & a ventriloquist.

    “One pound of avoirdupois is the equivalent of 4.536 hectogrammes. The new variety bill at the Palladium includes Mr Liberace, the Beverley Sisters, Miss Janet Medlin, some acrobats & a ventriloquist.

    “The charge for a journey in the Paris Metro is the same, no matter how many stations are passed. The new variety bill at the Palladium includes Mr Liberace, the Beverley Sisters, Miss Janet Medlin, some acrobats & a ventriloquist.

    “The telephone number of the main London offices of the Board of Trade is Trafalgar 8855. The new variety bill at the Palladium includes Mr Liberace, the Beverley Sisters, Miss Janet Medlin, some acrobats & a ventriloquist.

    “Nystagmus is an eye condition common among miners, of which the chief symptom is the continual oscillation of the eyeballs. The new variety bill at the Palladium includes Mr Liberace, the Beverley Sisters, Miss Janet Medlin, some acrobats & a ventriloquist

    “Editor’s Note: Shortly after writing the above, Mr Levin was found wandering in an exhausted condition in the Old Kent Road. He refuses to answer to his name, maintaining he is Julius Caesar.” — (pp. 154-55.)

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