Theatre review: The Islanders
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: The Islanders at Underbelly, Cowgate (Venue 61), reviewed by Fiona Shepherd
This self-styled lo-fi musical recounts the intense teen relationship of writer/performer Amy Mason and Art Brut frontman Eddie Argos, as crystallised in particular by an ill-fated trip to the Isle of Wight.
Mason recounts their very indie romance, all mixtapes and studenty squalor, using some visual aids, while Argos sings – or half-speaks, as is his vocal style – his slightly more upbeat version of events, with accompaniment from guitarist Ian.
Although there should be plenty to identify with here, Mason’s blank delivery fails to engage and Argos’s songs are sketchy, with the honourable exception of his pithy ditty about B&B anxiety.
MORE INFO: The Islanders at Underbelly, Cowgate (Venue 61), until 25 August
Originally published in The Scotsman