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Guinea Pigs On Trial (Sh!t Theatre / Escalator East To Edinburgh)

By | Published on Wednesday 20 August 2014

You can’t accuse Sh!t Theatre of lacking ideas, although you could accuse them of lacking a decent idea filter. In fact, I got the sense that they just crammed every concept they ever had into this show, however appropriate these may be. The result is a piece that explores the murky world of drug trials in a half documentary expose, half absurdist comedy style. The amusingly zany routines work well to highlight the ridiculousness inherent in a system where people are paid to attend “Flucamp”, but this wackiness obscures the core message about questionable pharmaceutical companies. As it stands, the show is fun and interesting enough, but it’s no more effective than reading what might well be Sh!t Theatre’s inspiration, Ben Goldacre’s ‘Bad Pharma’.

Summerhall, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andrew Bell]