Gary Flockhart: Back for football, Killers, Boys and Blam!

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BACK in Auld Reekie tomorrow after a four-week overseas jaunt and, I’m looking forward to getting home.

It’s a great time to be returning, what with the Fringe in full bloom, and I’ve already made my To-Do list of things to see.

My first stop will be the Meadows on Sunday afternoon, where I’ll be taking part in the annual Amnesty International-organised Comedians versus Critics football match.

Having trounced them 7-3 the previous year, the comedians were all smiles last year after beating us 4-3, thanks to a flukey late winner from Chris Martin (no, not the Coldplay singer!)

No matter, the game was played in the right spirit, and the live commentary on the sidelines from the comedians was hilarious - especially when Mark Watson had possession of the mic.

This year, we’ll take our revenge.

Come along if you’re free - if not Champions League-standard footie, it’s sure to be a laugh. Kick-off is 3pm.

Football aside, there’s so many shows I’m dying to see next week - among them is Killers, a play written by Taggart creator Glenn Chandler, that’s based on real-life letters written by Moors Murderer Ian Brady, Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and serial killer Dennis Nilsen.

Another show I’ll be making a beeline for is Boys, starring Will Merrick from Skins and from the company that brought the excellent Punk Rock to the Fringe last year.

Will has been encouraging me to get along to see what’s described as ‘an arresting dark comedy’, and I’ll certainly be taking him up on the offer.

With so many shows on during the Fringe I normally wouldn’t see the same show twice, but I’ll make an exception for Blam! - a wordless mix of narrative theatre, acrobatics and jaw-dropping stunts that tells the story of four crafty office workers who invent a game to terminate the boredom of their dull 9-to-5 jobs.

I was lucky to be invited across to see the show in Reykjavik earlier this year, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

That’s my first week back sorted, then.