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Fag/Stag
The Last Great Hunt
@Underbelly Cowgate

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Expectations: 2/5
Reality Rating: 4/5
Fidget Factor: 0.2

Grindr Vs Tinder

Initially reading the title, Fag/Stag, hackles went up and expectations were low. In complete contrast to this preconception, The Last Great Hunt have produced a piece of theatre which is both charming and challenging.

Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Chris Isaacs explore the ugly, yet funny truths of these characters and their social circles. Jimmy is obsessed with Grindr, where a ‘dick-pic’ comes before a hello and Corgan has a compulsion to swipe right on every girl he thinks ‘he could’ with on Tinder. Amongst the fun, Fag/Stag also contains a series of painful incidents, not shared in search of empathy but to openly examine how society treat and judge different sexual orientations.

Fag Stag - courtesy of Naomi Reed_3Just four props are used during the entire show; each actor has a phone and wii remote. The centre of this production is not an elaborate visual display but simply the conversation. Fowler and Isaacs only move away from their seats two or three times during the whole performance, yet the production is still extremely compelling due to the developed characters, playful interactions with the audience and energy from the pair. The actors interact directly for the first time at the end of the show, to demonstrate a united front.

The comedy in this production is found by two separate renditions of the same situation. Two sides of every story, and the narrator is always in the right. Jeffrey Jay Fowler finds a soft, magnetic charisma for Jimmy. Chris Isaacs doesn’t go for the obvious big build, gruff stag but adopts a  subtle physicality of high held shoulders, and harder set facial expressions.

Laugh with the lads at Fag/Stag, currently playing at EdFringe’s Underbelly.

Click for Tix:@Underbelly Cowgate

▦ Photos – Courtesy of Naomi Reed

Time: 60 Minutes
Running:  3 AUG 17 ► 27 AUG 17

♥ Thank you to Tilly Wilson for the invite
♥ Thank you to Greg for the Tinder/Grindr combo illustration

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