Principal Edinburgh George Street
August 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27
This morning I took a walk around Yester Woods near Gifford with my wee dog Daisy, deliberating on the marking for Interactive Theater’s newborn baby, Pamela’s Palace. Was I really going to give a vernal work-in-progress five stars? Was that really the right thing to do? Then I remembered something important. I had taken my wife to the show, & as we were leaving, I was practically begging her to tell the girls at her work to organise a Fringe posse & all go out together to see Pamela’s Palace. In that moment I was vicariously experiencing the Mumble’s 5-star litmus test – if one feels compelled like the Ancient Mariner to tell everybody you know (or the wife knows) to see a show, then its the definitive 5 Stars.
Meeting upstairs in the pleasure-to-be-at Principle Hotel, some of the audience are befrocked in pink smocks as we are led down to a traverse style setting of chairs, with the salon spread out quite jazzily between us. This was only the sixth ever show – a 3 night run in Brighton, & three so far in Edinburgh – but God did create the world in six days! Apparently there have been changes made after every edition, which indicates a serious sense of professionalism in an extremely unserious setting. Welcome to Scissors Palace, ran by the deep-tann’d, bling-jangling, Vogue wannabe Pamela Jones (Donna Gray). Its Salon Of the Year awards time, & she’s pulling out all the stops with an ubersassy Classical Greece theme.
Also working at the Salon are Tiffany (Katie Grace Cooper) & Bronwen (Ayesha Tansey), one gregarious, one demure; both top actresses & all together the complete trio, when not pulling off proper bangin’ Beyonce-level dance routines, positively bounce off each other & the classy script & roleplays created by the funny-bone knocking Katie Grace Cooper.
We’re working with an all female cast (even directed by a lady) and we’re looking at topics that are affecting women today – age, beauty, the pressures of being a woman, strength, weakness, vulnerability. It’s just about being human in an unforgiving world but it definitely brushes cheeks with feminism. It’s also so much fun!
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Interactive Theatre International are the guys behind the ever-brilliant Fawlty Towers & the Wedding Reception. The one drawback is that with those shows being food-inclusive, a few folk are priced out of the superslick comedy acting of the ITI contingent. On the other hand, Pamela’s Palace is a much more doable £15 – there’s a glass of bubbly & some nibbles thrown in too – which is a price well worth paying to see the same actresses in action who pull off so well the ladies in the Wedding Reception, & Sibyl in Fawlty Towers. Indeed, Pamela is quite simply the Sibyl of this millennium, & lets hope the dangerous drama that is her Palace runs & runs like the others. As for this Fringe, the volcano has only just exploded, & the lava has not yet set. One expects as the ladies find their feet & the full measure of their personal & audience interactions, the show will just get better & smoother &… well… I’ve just seen it & its wonderful stuff!