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- Broadway Baby

No in-depth knowledge of Dungeons and Dragons lore is required to appreciate the excellent comedy this show provides. Those in the know however will receive a +2 bonus to enjoyment rolls. ‘BB – DnD’ tells the story of a group of table-top role-players threatened by the imminent departure of one of their four. At the prospect of an end to their game which has broken all length records in Western Europe, the remaining three attempt to coerce the fourth into staying.

The audience seems to be weighted more towards those who have occasionally encountered the words ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ in their lives rather than those who have actually played it. Placing myself in the latter camp I lapped up the chemistry and back-and-forth sniping between the Scottish quartet, as well as particularly brilliant performances from an English girlfriend (the source of all evil) and Barry’s batty mother. Everything is over-the-top and deliciously so. The show never takes itself too seriously, not even in the somewhat abrupt and unexpected end to proceedings which comes across as a bit lazy and could be expanded upon.

Performing in the round presents many challenges to actors and the cast seem to initially cope with it well, interacting directly with audience members from time-to-time when on their feet. However there are times when certain members of the audience must be seeing a lot of the backs of the cast, particularly towards the end when two halves of the cast square off against each other. This is inevitable at some points with a show in the round, but the same care applied at the beginning of the show could also be applied more at the end to great effect.

As marvellous as the title is, DnD is never actually played during the show; have no fear (or perhaps hope) of hearing a tale of four adventurers venturing into caverns unknown. But it doesn’t need to be played. The tale of four role-players venturing into Barry’s mum’s basement for tea and biscuits is entertaining enough. There are a few misfires with the jokes, by and large those that try a bit too hard to pander to any geeks in the crowd. However, the majority of the show is fantastic, even if you haven’t got the faintest idea what a saving throw is

- ThreeWeeks

Absurdity reigned, hilariously and uproariously so.

Immersion was imperative and each of the forty minutes shook with laughter.

I won’t lie – the title didn’t grab me, as Dungeons and Dragons has never been a hobby of mine.

Yet I was drawn into the crisis faced by this nerdish group of players instantaneously.

A production hysterically good in concept and execution, and characterisation that is nothing short of brilliant.

Alas things trailed off a little towards the end, and the final scene tipped over into the realm of too-strange.

Even so, great fun (plus biscuits on departure – a winning formula) and some tinkering with plot would have undoubtedly won a fifth star.

- The Skinny

Barry Brennan is Dungeon Master. He created a perilous world of suspense and adventure for his zealous adherents to quest in: Slaying dragons, fleeing goblins, turning the undead. Six continents. Four moons. It took him over a decade.

Now one of his players is leaving.

But Dungeons and Dragons requires commitment. There is to be no dropping out of the campaign. Not for marital difficulties, not for “a wee drop of cancer,” – and certainly not to move to the States with your ditzy materialistic girlfriend just to climb the corporate food-chain in the lingerie business. No. Commitment is Everything. After all, we’ve got history together.

In this synthesis of geek culture-infused hilarity, cliché and drama Barry confronts his own existential crisis while his ever-faithful cohorts – the pedantic Alan, and dominant groupie, Shona – beseech him not to lose faith in the game. Practical Magic Theatre Company boast nuanced performances, particularly from Iain Campbell and Kim Allan who play the couple that threaten to tear apart the longest running Dungeons and Dragons game in Western Europe!

“A whole world right here, every second Monday,” the players declare in an intense penultimate scene which brings the game to life, movingly, just before an unanticipated ending. Turn up to The Merchants' Hall to join the action/adventure – but don’t forget your character sheet – this show will have you rearing to roll dice and kick ass.

Practical Magic

Barry Brennan’s Bi-Monthly Dungeons and Dragons Sessions – A Geek Tragedy

Sat 3rd - Sat 10th August
7.35pm (40mins)

From Scotland

Raucous, nerdish comedy with goblins and stuff.

From the producers of Fringe smashes:
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, It got a five star review (ThreeWeeks),
Sex, Lies and Eurovision, It got a five star review (ThreeWeeks),
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