- Dickens for Dinner Satisfies the Appetite
- Star Rating: ****
- C Venues – C Viva
- 130 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4JZ
- Edinburgh Fringe Review Date: 7th August 2019
Dickens for Dinner 12.30pm Daily. Further information and Tickets £7.50 – £9.50.
Right from the start you could sense you were in for a fun hour. The Dickens for Dinner cast run through the famous Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist with the emphasis on fun and updating it with topical modern day references. Even the dreaded B word… Brexit gets a little look in, but fortunately in a brief, but hilarious topical joked … which you never know, but hopefully won’t still be relevant this time next year!
I especially enjoyed how they played it fur laughs with various characters not particularly known for their injection of humour into this classic story. The audience with a little encouragement it has to be said fully embraces there role in the call and response parts of the show. Well done Richard in the front row who was a very good sport and joined in with gusto when called upon.
The main roles of Fagin and Bill Sykes were well acted and I enjoyed the knowing looks from them as they baited the audience. I loved the way they styled out any hiccups with quick thinking ad-libbing. The cast looked to be genuinely enjoying themselves as they threw themselves into their performance, sometimes quite literally!
This was theatre as entertainment, not simply a faithful replication of the story. It was for that reason that the show worked on two levels, for those who know the story well and those far less familiar with it.
I was thoroughly entertained by the passionate acting, witty wordplay and physical comedy in this funny Oliver Twist.
The 5 strong cast perform multiple roles between them. They included Roseanna Connolly, Emily Jane Kerr, Laura Beth Mortemore, John Oakes and Chris Thomson.
The venue was very classy indeed, one of the best I’ve come across at the Fringe, including a beautifully, garden themed restaurant and bar. A nice bonus was the free bread and soul provided as a starter before the show.
Please Dickens for Dinner can I have some more?
Review © Tiemo Talk of the Town
Dickens for Dinner can be seen at the Edinburgh Fringe from 31st July 2019 – 25th August 2019, 12:30pm at C Venues, 130 George Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AJ. tickets £7.50- £9.50.
In fact, the answer to the closing question is actually yes, for the cast behind this play also perform Shakespeare for Breakfast at 10.00a.m. every morning at the same venue until 26th August 2019. Tickets £7.50 – £9.50.