I received an email from the Old Theatre Royal, in which they voiced their concerns about the forthcoming ‘Think of a Conclusion’. Why, you may wonder, should they be concerned?
Expect the Unexpected
Well, without giving too much away, let’s just say they were worried people may be confused by the unorthodox format of this year’s offering. I assured them that anyone who has been at a ‘Think of…’ performance before will be very much expecting the unexpected. But – just to be absolutely clear – here I am to provide a health warning:
WARNING: ELEMENTS OF ‘THINK OF A CONCLUSION’ MAY BE A LITTLE UNCONVENTIONAL AND CHALLENGING TO SEEKERS OF NORMALITY OR CERTAINTY.
Frankly, if these two criteria are high on your priorities for choosing a suitable evening’s entertainment, I shouldn’t bother with anything labelled ‘Fringe’. I would go as far as to argue that the point of the Fringe is to provide a platform for performance of an extraordinary, challenging or risky nature.
Having said all that, should you choose to attend ‘Think of a Conclusion’ (and I sincerely hope you will), you will actually be rewarded with a higher quotient of songs in their original format than in either of the preceding shows. As before, these will be interwoven with a spoken narrative and laced with (SPOILER ALERT) surprise elements.
Provoke, Challenge, Entertain
If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, then I’m not sure what more I can add. Except to say that the evening will, once again, aim to provoke, challenge and – above all – entertain. Oh, and by the way: all has been squared with the venue management, whom – I must add – are always extremely accommodating and helpful.