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EDINBURGH FRINGE: The Gin Chronicles in New York at the artSpace@StMarks, Castle Terrace (Venue 125) ****

Published by: Clare Brotherwood on 12th Aug 2018 | View all blogs by Clare Brotherwood

Misfits of London’s show is what the Edinburgh Fringe is all about - a quirky venue, a free drink courtesy of the show’s sponsors (in this case Tanqueray Gin and Fentimans Botanic Beverages - weren’t we the lucky ones!) and an hour of fast-paced entertainment during which to imbibe.

Fortunately, for the already Fringe weary, St Mark’s Unitarian Church is more comfortable than most venues and has somewhere to put your drink… not that I noticed where or how I was sitting once the show started. It only took me a few minutes to be transported by The Misfits to 1940s New York where holidaying ace detectives John Jobling and Doris Golightly become involved in a gin-based mystery in Hell’s Kitchen.

Performed as a vintage, radio-style comedy, it is, however, very visual, with lots of comedy, over the top characters, a dance here and there, and one of the highlights for me, seeing how the sound effects are done. All credit to the hard-working operator whose name I did not get - maybe because the show is so fast-paced and frontman Robert Blackwood’s (the one with the cheeky face) RP accent was sometimes lost in the cavernous church.

Nevertheless, this is an accomplished group, back at the Fringe for the fourth year running.

The Gin Chronicles in New York is at artSpace@StMarks (Venue 125), 7 Castle Terrace EH1 1DP most days at 6.30pm or 8.30pm. Tickets £12 with concessions.

Box Office: 0131 226 0000 www.edfringe.com

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