‘Stuffed full of great one-liners & clever silliness’: YOU ONLY LIVE FOREVER – Edinburgh Fringe

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Assembly George Square (Venue 17), Edinburgh
Until 27 August 2018

Living forever – would it be as good as it seems? What if you wrote a play about it and your writing ‘partner’ kept coming up with the most ridiculous ideas?

Part exploration of love and relationships in extraordinary circumstances, part tutorial in creative ego clashes (or how not to write a play) You Only Live Forever is a new comedy by Visceral Theatre, following their previous sell-out Fringe show In Tents and Purposes.

The story is simple. Olga (Roxy Dunn) and Immy (Alys Metcalf) meet at a wedding in Las Vegas, fall in love and marry, but while there Immy drinks what she is told is the elixir of life.

However, being forever 25 has its challenges. How do you explain your youthful looks to the other mums at the school gate? What happens when you are asked for ID and your date of birth looks like a lie?

In between the ‘acts’ of the play, Roxy and Alys decide to give a tutorial in the writing process which turns out to be more insightful into their ‘creative’ relationship – they certainly aren’t on the same page.

Peppered with amusing jibes and snipes, the tutorial weaves cleverly with the live forever storyline to create something which is a lot of fun and laugh out loud funny.

Stuffed full of great one-liners, clever silliness and an amazing array of accents – Dunn and Metcalf are talented comedy writers and performers and definitely ones to watch.

Wish I’d seen In Tents and Purposes.

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Revstan really is a reverend (it's amazing what you can buy on the internet) but not a man (the Stan bit is a long story). By day, she is a freelance editor and copywriter; at night, she escapes into the world of theatre and has been blogging about it at theatre.revstan.com since 2007. She says: “I'll watch pretty much anything, from something performed on a stage the size of a tea tray to the West End and beyond. The only exception is musicals. Tried 'em and they just don't do anything positive for me.”
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Revstan really is a reverend (it's amazing what you can buy on the internet) but not a man (the Stan bit is a long story). By day, she is a freelance editor and copywriter; at night, she escapes into the world of theatre and has been blogging about it at theatre.revstan.com since 2007. She says: “I'll watch pretty much anything, from something performed on a stage the size of a tea tray to the West End and beyond. The only exception is musicals. Tried 'em and they just don't do anything positive for me.”

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