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WHAT’S ON MAY: The Scarlet Pimpernel Showcase – cast announcement

Seek him here – The Scarlet Pimpernel comes to the Scottish stage and has just made a cast announcement.
A mysterious, impudent spy. An ambitious, ruthless, spy hunter. And the woman they both love. Let them transport you from the gaming tables of Georgian London to the prisons of Revolutionary Paris for a deadly game of cat and mouse in the shadow of the guillotine. The 18th century swashbuckling dandy and original Superhero, makes a return to the stage in Glasgow, Denny and Edinburgh in May in a new production directed by Bard in the Botanics’ Associate Director, Jennifer Dick.
It is set to star Edward Soper, Nicole Cooper, CATS Winner 2017, Neil John Gibson, John Winchester, Esme Bayley, Kyle Gardiner, Laurie Brown and Stephanie McGregor.
FRIDAY 3rd MAY, 7.30pm
Adelaide Hall,  209 Bath Street,  GLASGOW
SATURDAY 4th MAY, 7.30pm
Broompark Centre, Davies Row, DENNY 
*Q & A after this performance with the Writer, Director and cast members.
SUNDAY 5th MAY, 7.30pm
Assembly Roxy, Roxburgh Place, EDINBURGH 
Tickets are £10 and available online from:

REVIEW: Ongals: Babbling Comedy – Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Following on the heels of the K-Pop phenomenon, Korean comedy troupe Ongals, bring their old-school with a new twist slapstick to the Fringe after successful runs in South East Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

Clad in eye-popping toddler outfits, the rosy-cheeked, Three Stooges-haircut foursome combine magic, circus, mime, physical comedy, juggling, bell-ringing, breaking wind and beatboxing.

Intending to transcend the language barrier, the dialogue, as the show title suggests is ‘babbling’ and the child’s-eye view of the world with which it’s presented, appeals to the very youngest members of the audience. While this is an entirely laudable effort on the part of the Korean man-babies, sustaining interest in this level of full-on, fart and bum joke mayhem, throughout an hour-long performance is problematic, the kiddies are enthralled, many adults are reaching for the headache pills.

Family-friendly, Ongals put an updated slant on familiar material. Being stylistically different than much that’s on offer at the Fringe is a plus point, it provides something out of the norm, and there’s no doubt that the level of physical skill here is remarkable, but you need a high level of tolerance for silliness and stupidity, and the gibberish wears thin after a while. It harks back to another era, (despite the highly skilled beatboxing) and I’m not sure there’s an appetite in the British public for a type of performance left behind on seaside piers decades ago.

Runs until 28 August 2017 | Image: Contributed

This review was originally published by The Reviews Hub