With noting to do in Edinburgh officially until tomorrow, I fired up the Fringe Festival app and scrolled through the list of shows that started soon. Being a podcaster, and on an incredibly tight budget, I was immediately intrigued by the Wireless Podcast, an improv radio show with a 50’s theme.
Set in the Gothic Room of the Free Sisters, we were made to cue up next to the toilets. The performers were running late because somebody had stolen their equipment. This forced them to bring in a spare man to create all of their sound effects vocally – his performance was admirable, if not stellar.
The show began with the performers on stage, dressed in suits with old style microphones, improvising various radio clippings with a 1950’s feel. Then, with explosive energy, the lead man introduced the show, selecting on audience members to choose the shows themes. We were left with a secret bank robber called Andrew, a scene inside a woman’s stomach, and the show was sponsored by a teddy bear manufacturer. The play’s title – “Help! I’m from Glasgow!”
For the next hour we laughed, groaned, and applauded at the incredible sharp wit (and occasional tenuous link) these four men created, captivating and loosing us in equal measures in the surreal circumstances produced on the spot. It was evident that it was improvised, but it was also apparent that there was an underlying structure they were trying to adhere to.
By no means should this deter you though. For the first show I’ve seen this year it was a great start, and should you be in the vicinity I highly recommend you have a look. It was also a free show, but you are encouraged to donate!
The Wireless Podcast – The Gothic Room, Free Sisters. Every day until the 25 August.