Imperial Fizz (New York) – World Premiere at Edinburgh Fringe

The World premiere of Imperial Fizz, a surreal intoxicating comedy from Scotsman Fringe First-winning New York playwright Brian Parks – starring Olivier Award nominated Issy van Randwyck and Fringe regular David Calvitto – will be staged at Assembly Theatre, George Street, from Thursday 5 (preview) to Monday 30 August as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010.

A seemingly carefree, martini swilling 1930's movie style couple, upper class and clearly part of the haute social scene, down cocktails and exchange witty banter and pointed barbs as they sing and dance to melodies transmitting from a classic RCA radio.

As they jigger and joust their way to the ultimate nightcap, something is not quite right.  Ominous static replaces the radio's period ditties and weird rumbles of thunder encroach from a surrounding darkness.  There's no time to worry.  An eminent guest is due to arrive and the libations had better be perfect.  Fill the ice bucket and fix another drink!  

The man and the woman dive into comically absurd cross-examinations of each other and an unexpected cast of characters who bear witness to events that have shaped their lives and elaborate marriage: the ordinary and the extraordinary; the marital and the extramarital.

Snappy and quick-witted, Imperial Fizz is a curious mix of the surreal, funny, and the dark.

As long as the cocktails are absolutely right, what could possibly go wrong…?


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Listings Information:
Absurdum International in Association with Paula Frits & Wordmonger present
By Brian Parks.  Directed by Sophie Fletcher
Sound Design by Simon Slater
Starring Issy van Randwyck and David Calvitto
The World premiere of a surreal intoxicating comedy from Scotsman Fringe First-winning playwright Brian Parks.  A seemingly carefree couple swill martinis as they jigger and joust their way to the ultimate nightcap.  As long as the cocktails are absolutely right, what could possibly go wrong…? Snappy and quick-witted, Imperial Fizz is a curious mix of the surreal, funny, and the dark.

Venue: The Wildman Room at Assembly @ George Street
Dates: Previews Thursday 5 August
Friday 6 August – Monday 30 August (not 17 or 24 August)
Performance Time: 17:25 – 18:40
Tickets – 5 August – Preview: £5.00
7 – 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26 & 30 August – £12 / £10 concession
13 – 15, 20 – 22 & 27 – 29 August – £13.00 / £11.00 concession
Assembly Box Office: +44 (0)131 623 3030 /
Fringe Box Office: +44 (0)131 226 0000

Notes to Editors:

Company Biogs:

BRIAN PARKS is also the author of  Americana Absurdum, which won a Scotsman Fringe First award at the 2000 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The play also won the award for Best Writing at the 1997 New York International Fringe Festival, and was produced in 2004 at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. Goner was also performed at the Assembly Rooms for the 2002 Edinburgh Festival Fringe to great critical acclaim as was “American Poodle: Splayfoot” in 2007

Review for GONER:
“This comedy is American satire at it's sick, twisted best… The play is hard, lethal and unforgiving; British theatre satire is limp by comparison…” (Lyn Gardner- The Guardian)
“A refreshingly mischievous, inventive author…. Surreal stuff; but funny and biting too.” (Benedict Nightingale – The Times)

DAVID CALVITTO has performed 6 Scotsman Fringe First winning plays in the last 10 years: Americana Absurdum, Horse Country, Fatboy, screwmaching/eyecandy, The Exonerated and, most recently, The Event. Other Edinburgh Festival Fringe highlights: 12 Angry Men (w/Bill Bailey), Goner, Midnight Cowboy, Levelland (w/Rich Hall), American Poodle: Splayfoot, Bombers Row.   2002 Stage Best Actor for Horse Country and the 2010 Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Performer Award for The Event.
“…one of the funniest and cleverest performers around, who can signal a rare form of intellectual prat falling with the raise of an eyebrow…”  (Neil Cooper, Herald)
“A single performer gifted enough to rivet an audience…”  (Benedict Nightengale, The Times)

ISSY VAN RANDWYCK'S recent theatre credits include:  Anyone Can Whistle (Jermyn Street Theatre); Becoming Marilyn (Assembly Rooms 2009); Plaza Suite (Mill at Sonning); For Services Rendered (Watermill Theatre); Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre); Once in a Lifetime and A Little Night Music (NT); Two Gentleman of Verona, A Midsummer Nights Dream and Kiss Me Kate (Olivier Award Nominee – Best Supporting Performance in a Musical) – Regents Park Open Air Theatre; Arcadia, The Man Who Came to Dinner and A Small Family Business (Chichester Festival Theatre); Song of Singapore (Mayfair Theatre and Minerva Theatre Chichester); Lysistrata (Epidaraus, Greece and Richmond Theatre), The Betrayal of Nora Blake (Jermyn Street).  TV and film:  recently completed filming Christopher & His Kind for BBC2; 10 Arenas of Marwood; Spooks; Kingdom; Trial and Retribution and Numbertime.  Toured worldwide with Larry Adler from 1991 to 2001.  Was a part of Fascinating Aida from 1994-1999 (Olivier Nominations for Best Entertainment 1995 and 2000).  

“…one of the fizziest talents in British showbiz”  (Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph)

SOPHIE FLETCHER, a director, writer and actor, trained at the École Lecoq in Paris.  She is artistic director of London-based theatre company, People Can Run and award-winning international ensemble, Theatre RUN.   She was runner-up in the JMK Young Directors Award 2007.  Projects with People Can Run include: The Ushers (National tour including Lowry Centre, Komedia, Unity Liverpool, Pleasance Edinburgh), Aruba (National tour including Tron Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Unity Liverpool, Theatre Royal Bath, Pleasance Edinburgh and the Ohio Theatre New York) and Fish Story (Pleasance Edinburgh) and a short film, Happy Birthday, currently playing on the festival circuit.  Projects with TheatreRUN include, Horror Vacui (New York Fringe; Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh; Spoleto Festival, South Carolina) and Russian Doll (winner of Seattle Footlights Award for best of the Fringe; Consolidated Works, Seattle; Spoleto Festival, South Carolina).  She is also one third of comedy trio The History Girls.

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