Jeremy Lion – What’s The Time, Mr Lion? review at Pleasance Courtyard
The Jeremy Lion drinkathon has become one of the high points of the fringe over the past three years.
The immensely gifted Justin Edwards – who made his name as the leading light in The Consultants – threw everything into the latest of his series of soused adventures with his children’s entertainer character, who is aided by simple sidekick Leslie (George Cockerill).
The audience are treated to a ‘play’ loosely based on the Teddy Bears’ Picnic, crossed with a disturbing insight into Mr Lion’s troubled past. It involved stripping a cow, Beef Richard, of its meat, passing five bottles of whisky round the audience until the punters were tipsy, and Mr Lion himself quaffing huge quantities of spirits, wine and Special Brew.
The songs were hilarious. The patter was perfectly timed and the costumes sickly inspired. And Cockerill superbly bungled his lines as Leslie in the shopkeeper sketch. By the finale, Mr Lion had collapsed and the audience was incapacitated with laughter.
“I have never seen anything as funny in my life,” one fan remarked afterwards. It was indeed character comedy at its finest.
Pleasance Courtyard, August 7-29
- Writer, director
- Justin Edwards
- Justin Edwards and and George Cockerill
- Jeremy Lion Productions
- Running time
We need your help…
When you subscribe to The Stage, you’re investing in our journalism. And our journalism is invested in supporting theatre and the performing arts.
The Stage is a family business, operated by the same family since we were founded in 1880. We do not receive government funding. We are not owned by a large corporation. Our editorial is not dictated by ticket sales.
We are fully independent, but this means we rely on revenue from readers to survive.
Help us continue to report on great work across the UK, champion new talent and keep up our investigative journalism that holds the powerful to account. Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue.