Theatre review: Billy With His Boots On
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Billy With His Boots On at Zoo (Venue 124), reviewed by Matt Trueman
Britain has brought back the death penalty and first up is Western-obsessive Billy Jones, who shot an unarmed policeman in emulation of Clint.
Billy himself is sweetly played by Mungo Arney, and Tom Needham’s story could happily have worked as a monologue that gradually reveals the truth behind his conviction.
Instead, it comes wrapped in a bewildering concept: a reality TV show – perhaps a live execution, perhaps a tribute – pitched somewhere between Brasseye and Jeremy Kyle with the executioner and a homeless, drug-addict popstar commentating and a lot of cringey audience participation. For the most part, I had no idea what I was watching.
Until 26 August. Today 9:35pm
Originally published in The Scotsman