Fresh from a middle of the Fringe cast reshuffle involving some firing and hiring, the signs for ‘And The Devil May Drag You Under’ were not good. However don’t let that put you off as this is an absolutely fantastic night of debauched, vaudeville fun. The premise is almost as wickedly entertaining as the production itself. Comedians, musicians, beat-boxers and a magician each take to the stage and the audience have to decide, with cheers or boos who goes to heaven and who goes to hell.
For such a production to work you need some comperes that can expertly hold the show together, while at the same time keeping its style intact, and this production has one of the finest and filthiest, Des O’Connor, playing the devil. He’s quite simply excellent, wowing the crowds with ukulele songs about, cheap, sh*te white wine, incest or impotence that are both funny and surprisingly tuneful.
O’Connor is so good, he slightly takes the sheen off some of the other performers and his co-presenter Miss Mephisto, though full of energy and raunchy never quite gets out of his shadow. Her material is great but urgently needs some more humorous lines.
The other cast members equally impress, the highlight being Christian Lee’s magic tricks, and the crowd is probably still trying to guess how he produced a bowling ball out of mid air. Though the most enjoyable was Greg Walloch a gay, disabled comedian who could easily have his own solo Fringe gig, as he had the audience grinning with some rude tales.
This production, to those looking for a crazy, wicked and a just plain fun night comes highly recommended.