Scantily Glad Theatre drag a willing audience through the most chaotic, satanic and lightly horny party at the Fringe. Here’s our Creepy Boys review at the Edinburgh Fringe.
There’s a fine tradition at the Edinburgh Fringe of shows that quite simply couldn’t exist anywhere else. It might be what the Fringe does best. The late(ish), weird, slightly unsafe-sounding alternative comedy scene unsurprisingly thrives in a city of people tired, drunk or hungover out of their minds.
The Creepy Boys are delightfully absurd inheritors of that tradition. Our titular “13-year-olds” are throwing themselves a surprise birthday party – and everyone’s invited! Leading the audience with troublingly infectious enthusiasm into the disused Victorian surgery demonstration room they’ve inexplicably found as a venue, between them, the duo have the kind of hilarious (and creepy) charm that makes it impossible not to get swept up in whatever mischief they have planned.
That mischief is largely best left unspoiled, as the pair employ some immaculate clowning and improv skills to drag the audience through everything from satanic worship to a lengthy routine about their shared mother’s breasts.
It only works because the duo are arguably too committed to the bit. Demonstrating a level of charisma completely belying their instinctive spookiness, between them they manage to craft an environment completely without malice, but one that still makes you look over your shoulder when a creepy twin sits on the bench behind you.
The result, appropriately, feels a lot like a party. An A4 note sellotaped to the door promises bad language, sexual references and nudity (concerningly, they don’t specify from whom). It doesn’t promise impromptu The Black Parade singalongs, bodily fluid expulsions, or a brilliantly choreographed clowning interpretation of their birthing process. Still, for an audience happy to go with the flow, those are exactly the sort of things that make Creepy Boys such a night to remember.
Creepy Boys are playing at the Summerhall – Demonstration room at 22:00 until 27 August. Check out the rest of our Edinburgh Festival Fringe coverage here.