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Jeremy Lion Goes Green
Join the UKís most unsuitable childrenís entertainer as he returns to the Edinburgh Festival with his booze-sodden take on environmental meltdown in Jeremy Lion Goes Green.
Jeremy and his pianist Hilary will attempt to teach the audience all about global warming, recycling, polar bears, wine, seagulls, ozone and whisky as they travel the globe, getting greener by the minute. Fun for all the family, although entirely unsuitable for children.
Jeremy Lion Goes Green
Sozzled childrenís entertainer Jeremy Lion hasnít been on the Fringe for several years, but as he admits under his 98% proof breath Ďthings havenít worked outí, which is why he finds himself back at the Pleasance, pitching his new theatre in education show aimed at encouraging primary school children to go green. Itís probably not giving away too big a secret to reveal that the performance doesnít quite go as planned.
The inescapable descent into drunken shambles, tinged with regrets and recriminations, comes over a series of scenes in which Lion travels to a oil-drenched beach, the Amazon rainforest, the desserts [sic] of the Middle East and the North Pole to witness the effects of his environmental recklessness.
Aided by the long-suffering pianist sidekick Hilary Cox, each destination requires a jaunty song Ė†uninhibited by Lionís ability to hit any note Ė†and an ambitious set piece. The musical numbers suffer diminishing returns, but the elaborately ramshackle props are an absolute delight, especially the costume that gives him an oily seabird on one arm and a giant mussel on the other. Farce inevitably ensues as Lion loses track of whoís talking when, setting a tone of demented chaos thatís never far away.
The comic drunk has long been a mainstay of entertainment, and the clumsy, pained and flatulent Lion, with his aspirations to being a jovial avuncular entertainer fitting him as awkwardly as his too-tight suit, is a worthy addition to that esteemed lineage. Creator Justin Edwards, recently seen in more sober guise in The Thick Of It, plays him to perfection, fired up by the can of Special Brew he skulls within the first few minutes of the show.
Lionís sad back story is revealed piecemeal, to great tragic-comic effect, while the gap between his ambition and ability is expertly exploited for laughs. As with all Lionís previous shows, the magnificently excessive booze-sodden finale, demolishing enough alcohol to stock a small Oddbins branch, is the piece de resistance Ė but there are plenty of memorably surreal scenes on the way. Itís good to have him back.
|Date of live review: Sunday 8th Aug, '10|
Review by Steve Bennett
This is the best outing yet for Jeremy Lion, just brilliant!
This is my third outing with Jeremy. He keeps to a four star standard of the other 2 shows I've seen but doesn't seem quite able to break through to 5. If you haven't seen before go and enjoy an hour of unhinged delight. If you have seen before it's an hour of fun but nothing new