The Atomic Saloon Show
Assembly George Square Gardens (Palace de Variete)
Wednesday 14th August, 2210
And just like that, it was over. Our last show for the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe and, following a brilliant hour in the company of Garry Starr, we chose to end our festival with the other show he is appearing in.
The Palace de Variete (the old Spiegeltent, no idea why the name has changed!) has been transformed into a Wild West saloon – as the audience comes in, a food fight breaks out with bread rolls flying all around as a dodgy preacher (Starr), followed by two even dodgier looking nuns, asks for donations. The show is hosted by Madam Boozy Skunkton, another seedy character who cackles as she cracks her whip to try and control her unruly collection of acts. Over the next hour (and a bit), we are treated to the burlesque side of circus, with acrobatic feats to equal the astounding talents of the less risqué cast of Blizzard!
There’s plenty of flesh on display and even more talent – it’s not all acrobatics, we’re treated to Irish dancing, clowning, tricks with ping pong balls (which I will leave to your imagination but it’s not what the nuns at my convent school used to get up to) and the whole thing ends with a line dance that quickly descends into a chaotic, but perfectly choreographed, brawl involving the whole company.
A brilliant, bonkers and joyous end to a fantastic Fringe.