Right, let’s get caught up on the reviews, and two start with, I have three fringe plays to catch up on, all seen between the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes (or Brighton and Buxton, to be more precise).
Mark Farrelly has two solo shows to his name, both touring since successful runs at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. I only reviewed The Silence of Snow the first time round, because I had trouble following the other play. Admittedly, it didn’t help that this was the last play on an intensive fringe visit when my concentration powers were near zero, but the main difficulty was that I didn’t really know what Quentin Crisp was famous for, and this is only touched on in the play. This time round, I resolved to do some basic Wikipedia-level research, and I can tell you the key information is this: Quentin Crisp was an eccentric gay man who lived some sort of life, until he wrote his autobiography, The Naked Civil Servant when he was sixty. This was an unexpected success, culminating in an ITV film where Crisp was played by John Hurt. From there, he was thrust into the public spotlight, becoming a celebrity in his own right. That’s the basics – I would recommend anyone else does the same, because once you know this, it opens out the whole play for you. Continue reading