While Lorna Rose Treen’s joke, “If I started dating a zookeeper, but it turned out he was a cheetah”, topped the poll for best joke of the Edinburgh fringe, there is much more to the festival than that. The Revelations Of Rab McVie, a unique and immersive journey through a spectacular dreamscape of live painting, live music, spoken word and physical theatre, has two showcases at Pleasance Grand over the following two days.
Directed by Maria Pattinson, with music from The Filthy Tongues, painting and script by Maria Rud and actor Tam Dean Burn, The Revelations Of Rab McVie will be held at Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh Fringe on Thursday, 24 August and Friday, 25 August, at 3:30 Pm.
The show follows everyman Rab McVie as he travels through richly textured, ever-changing landscapes of bloodshed and war. It is a story of light in darkness, of hope in a torn world.
Music is driven by darkly atmospheric alt-rock music from The Filthy Tongues, led by Martin Metcalfe, with musicians including Fin Wilson and Derek Kelly from Goodbye Mr Mackenzie/ Angelfish.
Originally conceived in 2021, the show is a reaction to “the torn world, shaped by artist Maria Rud’s dynamic live painting and original script and inspired by The Filthy Tongues’ dark-universe songs. The work is very much a collaborative piece, driven by the visuals, the music and the text, with actor Tam Dean Burn bringing a dramatic physical presence.
The show debuted over two sold-out nights at The Traverse Theatre in February 2023, on the anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, to a number of wildly enthusiastic 5-star reviews.
For tickets and more information, visit https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/revelations-rab-mcvie and https://www.revelationsofrabmcvie.com.