Review: The Fairmer Wants A Wife

Mandy Black, Iain Fraser in The Fairmer Wants A Wife
Mandy Black, Iain Fraser in The Fairmer Wants A Wife
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AND he’ll get one. But is she right bride? That’s the question being asked in Alan Cochrane’s last-ever play; a light-hearted farce surrounding the imminent arrival of King George IV’s regal visit to Scotland circa 1822.

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Salisbury Church, W Maitland Street

Set in the Laird’s mansion estate, imagine The Broons if they were part of the aristocracy and you’ll get some idea of the tone.

Maids, baronesses, fraudulent soldiers, and effete upper-class toffs all dominate the colourful, impressive stage-set, as loud-mouth bully (the Fairmer) sets his mind on impressing King George and indulging in gluttonous, decadent balls and banquets.

There’s more costumes than a Lady GaGa concert, more laughs than most stand-up comedy shows, and is more upbeat than Edinburgh People’s Theatre recent productions.

It might be a bit out of the way for most Fringe audiences, but it’s worth the trek all the same.

Until August 22