Farce Noir presents …The Big Sheep

By Ron Bingham

Four actors, all trying to outplay each other on stage, to impress a big agent who is in the audience tonight. The lead actor fancies his love interest, who has just spurned him and the other two are just trying to showcase their many skills.

Meanwhile, the cast are performing an energetic screwball parody of the film noir genre involving the case of a hardbitten detective (Foot of ‘Lost Property’), his business partner, identical twin ladies, a megalomaniac baron and an evil murderess, not to mention the a killer beast, which is hinted at in the title of the show.

The play has a number of simple but effective props, a well written couple of story lines (both inside the play and in the actor’s outside lives – it’s all very meta) and some very funny and clever dialogue. The only worrying thing for me was that the audience is just inches away from the performers and I feared for my life during the sword fight!

If you love old detective films or you are just looking for an hour of wild yet structured comedy play-acting, you should add this to your list. The players all looked and acted their parts well and the almost full house were laughing heartily throughout the show.

The Big Sheep is on at Underbelly, Bristo Square ​ at 4.05pm

For Bookings https://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy/farce-noir-presents-the-big-sheep