Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Venue: C, Chambers Street (until 31 August)
Festival: Edinburgh Fringe
Meet two losers, Doug and Fran. You name it, they will compete for it – holidays, cars, spending vouchers, TVs, electrical goods and cash, cash, cash. But their drive for tangible reward masks their inability to relate to the rest of the human race until, finally, they compete against each other.
Doug and Fran are both losers. Doug has never had a girlfriend that’s stayed with him for more than an hour, hardly surprising since he’s been a competition nerd for the past 12 years and could bore for Britain about how to win the most obscure contests yielding the most unlikely prizes. Fran is also a competition nerd. For the last 10 years, winning is what has mattered to her and she has a Machiavellian streak to augment her obvious competitive zeal.
It’s a gem of a tale, very well told by the two principal actors and augmented by a delightfully over the top vignette from game show host and sometime DJ, Vince. And if they are giving out awards for inventive uses of a plastic bath that has been cut in two, this show will win hands down. Said bath comprised the entire set and is used as a desk and chair, part of a maze, a pair of sofas and a podium for the game show host. Oh, and as a bath as well.