The Rubbish Show

While the usual argument of why comediennes are not prevalent at the Fringe has yet again reared its ugly head, another, of whether there is enough provision for children at the festival – and whether they should be brought along to enjoy the spectacle – is one that has been more under the radar. If children, and their parents, are to be rewarded for their trip to Edinburgh with top-quality entertainment, than they would be best advised steering clear of The Rubbish Show, which unfortunately goes a way towards living up to its name.The main issue with this show, which involves the ‘heroic’ crew of the Starship Thingy battling to save the universe against the ‘evil’ Morgoon and the show’s protagonist Little-Boo, is that it suffers from an extremely limp and incoherent script. This culminates in the spoof television show which will decide the difference between good and evil and condemn Morgoon to a cocktail of oblivion and having rubbish thrown at her in a Shariah-law style punishment. Despite the cast occasionally delivering believable performances, especially from show jester Little-Boo, there is far too much in the way of forced audience interaction, sloppy off-scene changes, throwaway one liners and unconvincing acts of evil. The Rubbish Show itself is a poorly crafted gameshow involving dance-offs and quizzes which look like they have been composed as an afterthought to fill the hour. One to miss, I’m afraid.

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The Blurb

Pollution litters the galaxy! The crew of the Star Ship Thingy travel the universe, cleaning up the mess left by Morgoon, the evil genius from the planet Morg. Enjoy the songs, slapstick and crazy aliens!

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