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Edinburgh fringe preview (review): Dog Play Dead, Theatre503 and TheSpace on the Mile

-1There is a dog, it may be dead and it's a play - see what they did there? Dog Play Dead is a new black comedy by drama school graduate troupe Well Behaved Women.

Set in the posh house of a mafia boss, the dog-sitter has invited her three mates over for a party. However, drinking the posh champagne and making a mess of the living room is the least of their worries. The dog is missing, there is a pool of blood in the kitchen and the mafia boss's not entirely sound of mind daughter has turned up unexpectedly.

The hang-overs are beginning to kick in, as are the arguments about whether Bourbon's are better than Custard Creams (Custard Creams, gotta be) but seriously, what are they going to do about the mess they are in?

Anna Thomas-Jones wrote the play but also takes to the stage as mafia boss daughter PB putting in a nicely sinister deadpan delivery. It works well as a counterpoint to the growing hysteria of the house guests.

This is a fast paced, amusing romp although the tension and excitement could probably grow a bit more steadily. The discussion about how to disguise the empty bottles reminded me a little of an episode of Black Books - that had a macabre atmosphere too but no one does manic drunk quite as superbly as Dylan Moran. 

Dog Play Dead has some funny lines and the plot is at the darker end of the farce scale which suited me. You can catch it at at the Edinburgh Fringe, TheSpace on the Mile: space 1 from Aug 24-29 and the show is 60 minutes long.