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Benefit (Popular Entertainment Co.)

By | Published on Thursday 15 August 2013

Popular Entertainment Co. manage to squeeze many clichés and bad jokes into their Fringe début. The observational humour is sometimes effective, the characters are sympathetically drawn, and overall it’s clear that all involved have worked hard; but things often feel rather heavy-handed. Set in a microcosmic Job Centre Plus, the play depicts a day in the life of its workers, with the expected characters traipsing in: yoofs, graduates, and successful bankers. Everyone puts in a spirited performance, with Adam Billitt and Kevin Hynes standing out, but generally the acting is a weak link and more subtlety is required. Creators Robin J.D. Popley and Joshua Galvin could have a successful show on their hands; but more polish is needed.

Paradise in the Kirkhouse, until 17 Aug (not 11, 12), 12.45pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Arjun Sajip]