Takin' It Easy, 1916 - Edinburgh Fringe 2019 Review (Smirk Theatre)

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"Takin' It Easy, 1916", is at it's core, a decent way to spend an hour. All 6 actors are convincing in their roles, and mostly play well off each other. The accents were all really really good. There was one issue, which is a common curse of the Fringe play - the characters didn't particularly have enough time to build up relationships so we were truly thrown in at the deep end, but after 20 minutes or so, it was easy enough to interpret the relationships.

The writing was excellent at some points, and poor at others. The overall result was a relatively inoffensive script with some very funny jokes that invoke belly laughs, and some other cheap ones, like penis related jokes. One of the best running jokes was that the people in this small village had no idea that the war was going on. In the end, it turned out to be the point of the play in a very jarring tone shift, but I liked it as it happened as a throwaway joke of the man from Swindon talking about "the war" and all the villagers saying "what war?". To sum it up, for every well developed joke, there was someone talking about a penis, and it balanced out into a perfectly average comedy.

Something needs to be said about the set changes. They were beyond illusion breaking - not only were stage managers moving the set, which could be excusable if they were in costume or wearing black, but they were wearing their own clothes, with one that hadn't even bothered to take their lanyard off. This could easily have been avoided by the cast doing the set changes - they weren't dangerous or difficult.

Overall, if you find yourself with nothing to do, go and see this show. It's not going to change your life, but it's a nice way to pass the time.

Verdict: ★★★½

"Takin' It Easy, 1916" runs daily at theSpace Northbridge - Perth Theatere, through to the end of the Fringe at 20:05.


By Lewis Forman


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