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Swansong (DugOut Theatre)

By | Published on Friday 12 August 2016

Swansong Ed2016

On a swan-shaped pedalo, on a flood-ravaged planet, four survivors of the apocalypse remember the world that was. DugOut Theatre return to the Fringe with a show that’s rich with music, gallows humour and existential debates on the merits of humanity. We don’t ever learn exactly how the mismatched foursome – posh Stephen, cynical Adam, new-age Bobbi and forthright Claire – ended up in so specific a predicament, but the jokes are thick and fast enough that it’s hard to complain too much. The danger of a ‘people trapped somewhere’ concept is that it can result in a show that’s just an hour of bickering. ‘Swansong’ avoids that – just – thanks to its sharp writing, energetic performances and delightfully weird a capella interludes.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Jon Stapley]