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Milk and Blood- the Dip , The Space @Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh , August-24-18
Wales at Edinburgh Fringe by Milk and Blood- the Dip Across Nicolson Street, five minutes from “Square Go”, comedy of Wales is to be seen. Eifion ap Cadno was once on the other side of the critical fence. He wrote with enthusiasm for Get the Chance about Alun Saunders' award-winner “A Good Clean Heart” at the Other Room. Milk and Blood is made up of ap Cadno, Becca White, Sophie Hammer, Will Harrison, Iulia Isar, Nick Mauldin, Josh Tucker and Max Young. The group, with a surfeit of indepth music talent, has a common bond in the East 15 Acting School.

Advertising is first, and foremost, information. That is where it starts at least. Milk and Blood are clear in what they are offering, their thumbnail promotion reading: “How about we go back to mine and baba ganoush?' Meet Al. He means well, eats his greens and sometimes smokes them too. As he struggles to express his feelings for his mate Nic, the drugs take hold. A farce full of clowning, stoner comedy, live music, harpoon Nerf guns, confetti cannons and homophobic police fish: The Dip is a young man’s technicolour trip of homosexual awakening – it's going to be a wild ride.”

Theatre Weekly said it: “the Dip”is a fine example of an Edinburgh Fringe production that knows exactly what it is and who it’s catering for.” Companies who knows who they are for know what they are for.

The Stage was there 21st August and conveyed its flavour well.

“Author Eifion Ap Cadno has created this piece of absurdist theatre about a bromance which, fuelled by beer and weed, moves to the next level.

It takes a while to adjust to Cadno’s freakish world, haunted by sexually aggressive fish and baba ganoush, but stepping away from its boozy, late-night audience reaction you can appreciate the sheer madness of the work.

Lewis Carroll is a touchstone here but Cadno’s Alice is the bearded, affectionate Al played by William Patrick Harrison, struggling to address his feelings for his best mate Nic. Al’s personal rabbit hole sees him arrested by a fish and then released only to become embroiled in a wedding ceremony where he is the reluctant groom.

Mayhem ensues, but of course there is a lesson to be learned about facing your fears and – chiming with the Fringe motto this year – leaping into the unknown.
In what could be described as gig-comedy, the barely controlled chaos is accompanied by live music. Undisciplined, perhaps, but ripe with possibility, Milk and Blood has managed to nail the difficult late-night slot.”

The Skinny 17th August homed in on:

“Milk and Blood Theatre take goofiness to a new level with their riotous late night farce “The Dip...Moving at breakneck speed and blithely making no sense whatsoever, our confused hero finds himself under cross-examination from an officious receptionist called Nicola...a striking resemblance to Al’s buddy Nic...the pair are making the beast with two backs on a wonky coffee table.

The six-strong ensemble cast is what sells these utterly daft antics. They charge through scenes with a nutty intensity: rummy accents fly left and right, as do the actors themselves and their costumes. They’re forever breaking into dance and spilling off into the aisles. At one point the whole room joins the stage to take part in a shotgun wedding. It’s wonderful, batshit chaos. In other words, The Dip is exactly what most people are looking for near midnight during the Fringe.

Theatre Weekly August 16th:

“Those late-night Edinburgh Fringe slots are the tricky ones, with productions taking them on having to find a way to keep the sleep-deprived awake, and the drunk suitably entertained. Eifion Ap Cadno’s “The Dip” manages to do both with ease in a surprisingly funny, touching, and very wacky mix of theatre and live music.

...The Dip knows exactly what it wants to achieve, goes for it full throttle, and delivers it in spades...Almost all of the cast contribute to the live music which accompanies the over the top and funny dialogue, Sophie Hammer is excellent on Bass, while Iulia Isar gives us a wonderful turn on the xylophone. The pace is intense, the jokes and physical theatre come thick and fast.”

The reviews for Milk and Blood can be read in full at:

https://www.theskinny.co.uk/festivals/edinburgh-fringe/theatre/the-dip-thespace-surgeons-hall

https://theatreweekly.com/edinburgh-review-the-dip-at-the-space-surgeons-hall/

Photo credit: Murdo Macleod

Reviewed by: Adam Somerset

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