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Diary: Has rocking chair rocker had his day at the fringe?

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leave
A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leave
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Every year in Edinburgh, for one performance only that attracts thousands of people, a young man dressed as a gorilla dressed as an old man sits rocking in a rocking chair for 56 minutes and then leaves.

His show is called A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves. It is now in its ninth incarnation, having debuted in 2005.

In 2011, there were two young men and one of them left 10 minutes early. Reviewer Tom Bell gave it three stars.

In 2012, the gorilla was joined by a Viking doing a cryptic crossword. Cryptic crossword year was one of AYMDAAGDAAOMSRIARCF56MATL’s more feted attempts, earning a five-star rave from those great arbiters of taste Broadway Baby.

In 2013, Three Weeks gave a more restrained, cryptic-crossword-lacking incarnation of AYMDAAGDAAOMSRIARCF56MATL four stars.

In 2014, The Scotsman called AYMDAAGDAAOMSRIARCF56MATL “breath-taking” [sic]. It didn’t have a cryptic crossword.

In 2015, Broadway Baby reassessed AYMDAAGDAAOMSRIARCF56MATL, giving it one star, perhaps lamenting the lack of cryptic crossword, and hence the lack of formal daring.

In 2016, AYMDAAGDAAOMSRIARCF56MATL – sans crossword – got three stars from the Wee Review (those great arbiters of taste).

Little evidence exists online prior to 2011, but Tabard salutes nearly a decade of making a monkey out of the critics.

Send stories to tabard@thestage.co.uk

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