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First Review: May I Have The Bill Please?


The First review for May I Have The Bill Please? by Barry Gordon for the Edinburgh Evening News.

PICTURE the scene: Lunchtime at your favourite restaurant. You’ve just collected a glass of wine from the bar as the waiter shows you to your table.

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Malmaison, Tower Place

Nearby, a party of four - two middle-aged couples enjoying an apparently relaxing meal together - are about to settle up the bill. What could possibly go wrong? The answer, plenty.

Set in the ornate surroundings of Leith’s Malmaison Hotel, had you walked into this 45-minute show by accident, you’d swear the diners sitting opposite were anything but actors. (Credit to director Paul Murray for that.) They confer about the service, hold a vote on whether to tip or not, and there’s the usual chit-chat you’d expect of any couples married for more than a decade. The difference is, it’s really funny.

Written by Robin Mitchell, the zappy script is so identifiable you’ll instantly recognise yourself in one, if not all, of the four characters. There’s always one guy who has to announce he’s off to the toilet, there’s always a lady who ends up emptying her entire handbag’s contents before realising what she’s actually looking for is in the front pocket, and there’s always the couple who gossip about the others when they nip outside to feed their nicotine habit.

Sometimes, however, there’s also a big squabble over who pays the bill - think Fawlty Towers meets Men Behaving Badly and you’ll get the idea.

Of course, such arguments over money is where you often see people’s true colours show. It’s awkward, sure, but when you’re the voyeur, it makes for delightful entertainment.

Featuring Paul Murray (the man’s man), Edward Cory (the peacemaker), and Gwendoline North (the nervy housewife who doesn’t want to cause a row), it’s Donna Hazleton who resonates the most as the group’s sassy fuss-budget. Spare some sympathy, too, for Blair Grandison - the harassed waiter.

A great concept for lunchtime theatre, there’s nothing too demanding about the piece. There’s no real big surprises, either, so don’t expect a twist. It does, however, have the potential to evolve, and no doubt will by the time it debuts on the Fringe this August.

Run ends Friday

Read Barry Gordon's review on the Edinburgh Evening News website.

Tags: Festival

May I Have The Bill Please?


May I Have The Bill Please? is to premiere at the Leith Festival in June prior to its run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.

WE'VE all been there. The meal is over. It's time to settle up. But who had what? In this hilarious new comedy from Robin Mitchell, two couples agree to split the bill leading to confusion and laughs galore as their true personalities are revealed. In future, you'll choose to go Dutch.

As part of the 2015 Leith Festival May I Have The Bill Please? will be performed at Malmaison from Monday 15th to Friday 19th June. TICKETS HERE.

As part of the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe May I Have The Bill Please? will be performed at The Boards, Playhouse Theatre from 5th – 29th August – 2pm (not 9, 16 and 23). TICKETS HERE.


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The Princess Pumpalot Radio Show (Live On Stage)


Cadies Productions & LRStageworks present The Princess Pumpalot Radio Show (Live On Stage).

Princess Pumpalot makes her Leith Festival debut in a brand new show packed full of laughs and joining in. She's a princess and she farts. What more do you need to know? Can Princess Pumpalot and her best pal Guffy solve the mystery of the super-bean and so save Wiffyville Castle from the nasty Low-Flying Gnomes?

See it at Malmaison Hotel, Leith, 14, 20, 21 June at 2pm.

Tickets are £6+bf (online), or £9 on the door on the day.

You can book HERE - The Princess Pumpalot Radio Show.


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Tickets: Princess Pumpalot (Edinburgh Fringe)


TICKETS are now on sale from the EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE production of Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess.

The venue for our 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe production is Sweet Grassmarket (International 1), Apex International Hotel, 31 - 35 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS.

The show runs from 6th August to 30st August at 11am daily (apart from 24th to 28th August).

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Stand For Syria


A TALE OF TWO SYRIAS (Director: Yasmin Fedda) is to be screened on the 10th and 11th April 2015 as part of Stand For Syria Arts Festival in Scotland.

The Stand For Syria Arts Festival is organised by a group of Syrian university students and scholars living in Scotland who have come together to raise awareness across Scotland on the human aspect of the Syrian conflict as well as on the Syrian civil society and its non-violence struggle.

Realising the high cost of lost educational opportunities to Syrians due to violence and its impact on reconstituting peace in Syria, they also seek to raise funds for the education of Syrians in their countries of refuge.

A TALE OF TWO SYRIAS will be screened at the University of Edinburgh, 50 George Square, Edinburgh on Friday 10th April 2015 at 4pm and at the University of St. Andrews, St Salvator's Quad on Saturday 11th April at 4.30pm.



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