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A Royal Flush

Inspired tale of terror and toilet humour

 

Royal Flush

In an era of terror and terrible atrocities across the globe it would be easy to assume that a comedic treatment of this nature would hit some raw nerves.

But this short afternoon play, performed every second day at the Fringe, is hugely hilarious at a time when we all have terrorists on the telly and fears from afar. The plot device is a Princess, a portable toilet, and two hacks – one old school and one new.

The action opens with some terribly inept journalists. Yikes. This play doesn’t catastrophise, it capitalises on our fears, wonderfully written by Calum Ferguson and Lewis Lauder.

It’s a testament to the young and talented writing team from Napier University that this play keeps on punching out politically accurate one liners.

The premise is a Princess trapped in a portable toilet, while a cub reporter – incidently the nephew of Piers Morgan (yes, that one) – tries to find his feet in a newsroom dominated by a seasoned hack who has all the moves and more. Meanwhile, left of stage, the soldiers of fortune holding the princess are soldiering on for ransoms and just anything they can get their hands on.

Royal Flush 2The four main male actors are impeccable, and the princess (when we eventually see her) pulls off a very respectable Geordie accent – which is a wee in-joke among the cast, Bonnie Lass.

This is an inspiring ensemble of young and gifted grafters of the acting trade and all recent grads of Napier, yes Scottish education rocks – degrees in acting and English all round, including the two script writers.

I’m not into spoilers but one of the best poor taste gags was the notion that the tabloid paper negotiating with Isis could market fingerless gloves in commemoration of the Princess being without one of her digits.

This young and enthusiastic cast tackle the serious topics of hacking and hijacking with a comedic energy that keeps us on the edge of our seats. These Napier grads nail the all too recognisable stereotypes of Jihadists and junketing journalists, but there is also a moment of seriousness delivered in monologue about the media’s nefarious direction. I found myself nodding a lot in recognition of all that I know. Well worth seeing.

Rating: *****

The Space on the Mile (Venue 39) Radisson Hotel, Aug 20, 22, 24, 26

 

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