Filling an impressive 2712 seats over the course of its 25 performances in Assembly’s George Square Studios for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, Issues showed the Oxford Revue team at its finest and funniest, delivering a host of positive reviews along with delighted Twitter feedback from audiences. From a production standpoint, the show presented challenges both in the geographical spread of its members in the lead-up to Edinburgh and the overwhelming nature of the Fringe itself – this year with some 3600 acts throughout August.
Financially, too, bringing a ten-strong team to Edinburgh for a month is a costly endeavour and a gamble on the mood and reaction of festival audiences, with word-of-mouth and direct advertising the only truly effective ways to bring about serious interest in a show. Nonetheless, the group delivered on all fronts, with regular appearances on the festival’s sold-out boards and the musical escapades of Will, David and Barney proving more than enough to draw the curious to the theatre.
Reviews from EdFringe Review, Broadway Baby and The Student Newspaper.
Things are getting exciting at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the team of the Oxford Revue’s Issues, following their first sell-out show at the 170+ seat Assembly Studio Two in George Square last night. The sketch show, representing the Revue’s 51st appearance at the Fringe, draws on material old and new to carry its audience through the failings of hapless politicians to the musical exploits of football hooligans to a bizarre attempt to refresh the national anthem.
Student comedians Will Hislop, Barney Fishwick and David Meredith are in Edinburgh with the show every day at 5.30pm for the rest of August – tickets are on sale here.
The critically acclaimed Oxford Revue returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for its 51st year, bringing an hour of hilarious sketch comedy, written and performed by the country’s finest student comedians. Mixing the absurd and the satirical, Issues promises to be the Revue’s sharpest and most subversive show to date. Since it was founded, the Oxford Revue has been the starting point for many of the UK’s best loved comedians, including Rowan Atkinson, Alan Bennett and Michael Palin.
Issues, brought to the Assembly George Square Studios this year by director Nick Davies and starring Barney Fishwick and Will Hislop (Jerusalem) alongside David Meredith, opens on August 5th. Tickets are onsale now – more news to come very soon!
‘Witty, inventive and extremely clever’ ***** (ThreeWeeks)