Theatre review: Punchline
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Punchline at theSpace @ Surgeons’ Hall (Venue 53), reviewed by David Pollock
Three men sit in a flat, one playing a games console, one meandering with cup of tea in hand, one fretting over a laptop with a deadline looming. He’s writing a comedy script, he says. “Are you sure?” the others ask, interested now. “It’s not funny, it’s amusing. It’s very difficult to be funny.”
Amen to that, for this attempt at a Beckettian farce with a heavy side helping of rumination on the nature and types of comedy isn’t as funny as it needs to be. This is largely in respect of a trio of performances which seem more tuned to drama, their deadpan deliveries enjoying varying relationships with the level of comic timing required for (judging by the Royston Vasey motto on the tea mug) a piece in spiritual hock to The League of Gentleman.
Until 24 August. Today 1:05pm
Originally published in The Scotsman