Holden Street Theatres, now through to 15th March 2020
Review – John Glennie
WINNER of the Holden Street Theatres Edinburgh Fringe Award 2019 & The Scotsman Fringe First Award 2019.
Celebrating their final year as Europeans, island-monkeys Becca & Louise were invited to the 2018 European Capital of Culture in Malta. They went to drink rum with Brits abroad but found a lot more than they expected. From one small island in the sea to another small island in the sea, Sh!t Theatre found mystery and murder in the fight to be European.
Entering the theatre, patrons are offered a cold beer which is always a nice start! Becca & Louise relay hilarious stories and songs about their time in Malta and working at the local bar. We are given a great and humorous insight into the quirky local characters who become an important part of the girls’ lives.
However, a powerful political statement is delivered when they tell the audience about the sheer numbers of refugees attempting to get to Malta as a stepping-stone to mainland Europe. We also learned of the on-going denial and cover-up of the murder of Daphne Galizia – the Maltese journalist who was murdered by a car bomb in 2017.
Somehow amongst the hard-hitting messages in the show, the girls still manage to infuse a lot of well-timed and subtle comedy – as well as a few shots of rum! A rollicking and riotous exploration of immigration and home that I highly recommend seeing. You won’t be disappointed, and it is also a good opportunity to take in some of the other amazing Fringe shows at this lovely Holden Street venue.