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BattleActs! Productions


Venue:Bar 50, Within SafeStay Edinburgh Hostel, 50 Blackfriars Street Edinburgh EH1 1NE
Phone: 0131 524 1989
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Alcove
AUG 5-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-27 at 16:45 (60 min)
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A bad new craze is sweeping the nation: Nothingism. Hot off the heels of "anything can be art," is "nothing can be art." If you liked "too cool for school," you'll love "too cool for literally anything."

From the artistic director of the successful BattleActs, and following the success of Not Funny Haha ("insane and beautiful, a sea of frantic fun," Public Reviews; "Definitely a fun ride, well worth a look," GiggleBeats; Top Jokes of the Fringe by the Independent), Phil returns with a new show that is weird, moving and obsessed with... well... nothing.

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August 11, 2016  The Mumble
Phil Mann : Nothingism
Comedians are clever people, yes, but Phil Mann is a genius. Not a comedy genius, although he is a pretty funny geezer, but seems to possess a wikipedia’s worth of fun & imagination in the creative whirpools of his soul. This is Mann’s tenth year in Edinburgh – he’s a highly-trained actor as well, so he must lead something of a romantic life, one thinks.

Loosely based on the theme of the abstract state of ‘nothingness’ Mann’s show is essentially one-man improv session, but remarkable in the fact the only person he really has to bounce off is himself. Beginning the show by nicking someones phone in order to create the soundtrack of the hour, & after the audience filled the blanks in several ‘read out’ cards, Mann proceeded to imagine this wee wonder;

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Scene 1: Big Butts — A man who loves big butts and cannot lie is seeing a therapist in a hospital atop a mountain peak. He reveals issues about his past, his Dad, his life. The therapist is concerned about the size of his own butt.

Scene 2: Canada — (Silent scene) Two bears fight and then make out. Two lumberjacks stumble upon them. They make out. Then the bears and the lumberjacks make out.

Scene 3: Technology — A student invents a machine that writes essays for him. It writes “Vindication of the Rights of Bears by Bear-y Woolstonecraft.” They decide to publish.

Scene 4: TV SHOW: Dexter — Dexter finds a serial killer that likes bad stuff, so he has to torture him by being nice.

Scene 5: Big Butts — The hospital detaches from it’s peak and slides towards certain death. The therapist and New Yorker realise they can save themselves and cure the NYer of his Big Butt fetish by inflating the NYer’s butt and using it as wings to fly to safety.

Scene 6: Canada — The Bear, now in a relationship with the lumberjack, manipulates him into not cutting down any more trees because if there’s no woods, then no bears can shit in the woods, then no truth can exist and he’ll ruin philosophy.

Scene 7: Technology — The professor arrives and is dismayed to find that not only have his students made bears all powerful and stopped logging, but have actually created something new which is totally not the purpose of academia: you’re just meant to research things that already exist and write about it in another essay.

Scene 8: VIDEO GAME: Car Crash Comedians 4: In order to win the game you have to find James May and beat him to death with a baseball bat, while he is crawling out the wreckage of a car crash.

Scene 9: (Synthesis of all scenes:) The bear is killed by the flying therapy hospital as it flies past on the massive buttcheeks of the NYer. The lumberjack falls in love with a rabbit instead. The rabbit reveals “Vindication of the Rights of Rabbits” written by the Essay Machine indicating the whole cycle might start again…
And this quick-thinking wit ninja did all it so bloody well…

Reviewer : Damian Beeson Bullen Click Here

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