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Adam Larter and Ali Brice: Plumpy'nut
Published on Sunday, 18 August 2013

4 stars

Heroes @ The Hive (venue website)
3-25 Aug, 2:44pm-3:45pm
Reviewed by Liam McKenna

 Recommended for age 18+ only. Venue may not permit under-18's - check with venue before booking.

This show is what the Fringe is all about. Larter & Brice, two comedians brimming with ideas, storm a bunker inside the Hive to present a surreal, at times ridiculous, at times uplifting tale about a farmer and his pig.

In essence it’s an absurd comedy play. It would be unfair to give away too much detail of the plot because, frankly, the element of surprise is what brings this show to life. The title gives you nothing. Nor does the blurb in the programme. It’s a show you might just take a gamble on if you’re passed a leaflet while wandering round looking for something to see.

Plumpy’nut is very proudly silly and abstract, and your best bet is to just go with it. If you want deep and meaningful you’re probably in the wrong place. If you want an obscure rags-to-riches story about a pig - a cross between Oliver Twist and Babe: Pig in the City - then this is the show for you.

These guys have thought of everything you might want to see in a Fringe show. Singing, interpretive dance, pig jokes, more pig jokes, a workout montage and a fantastic array of lo-fi costumes and props. On the day I attended the audience was quite spread out in places, but this didn’t detract from the performance. In fact, Larter & Brice used it to their advantage by attacking the back row (figuratively speaking), targeting those seeking solitude near the exits.

For the most part the crowd was pretty game for all the duo threw at them (or stole from them). One guy even got on stage to dance completely voluntarily - and with no obvious prompt. It didn’t take much encouragement to get the audience pumping their fists and clapping along in time. And there was even a full-bodied response to a call to sing along to an extremely catchy song about, yes, a pig.

You could see a hundred paid shows in Edinburgh that would struggle to better the anarchic entertainment value on display here. Yes, it is silly and absurd and wholly ridiculous, but it is also thoroughly enjoyable and hilarious and worth a gamble. This show is exactly why you should support the Free Fringe.

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