Theatre review: Real Horror Show
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Real Horror Show at Assembly Roxy (Venue 139), reviewed by David Pollock
This series of short vignettes from writer, actor and comedian Colin Hoult, best-known for his role as office loser/vampire Crumb in BBC Three’s Being Human, vary wildly in quality, although the unifying theme of grimy real-life kitchen sink locations crossed with pulp horror scenarios is an endearing one.
One of the tales is particularly excellent; that of a shy and uncommunicative comic geek who is being bullied mercilessly by a sadistic CV-writing tutor who fantasises about culling the jobless.
Yet others are less substantial, for example the rough Scottish mum with the feral werewolf child or the ambitious blacked-out sequence which masks a knockabout and relatively tension-free murder spree at a job interview.
Undoubtedly Hoult is a writer of real ability, but only in places is that shown off in this production.
Until 26 August. Today 10:45pm
Originally published in The Scotsman