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Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016: FanFiction Comedy
Photo credit: Heidi O'Loughlin
Go get your geek on
'FanFiction Comedy' speaks to the converted. Or the deluded, depending on your position. Those obsessive types who flock to Comic Con looking for fellow aficionados and buffs. Trekkie nerds who can speak Klingon, or Star Wars fanatics who are registered Jedi Knights. The type who obviously know better than the originators how the stories of their favourite heroes and heroines should go. Or just want to simply have fun creating alternate stories for their favourite characters. So they indulge in writing Fan Fiction, the most illegal form of literature, which sees fanatics appropriate the intellectual property of another for their own satisfaction. And on the net, business is booming.
New Zealand comics Heidi O’Loughlin and Steven Boyce bring their cult show 'FanFiction Comedy' to the Tiger Dublin Fringe for two nights only. It’s not revolutionary, or innovative, or likely to test the boundaries of theatre or comedy. But it’s extremely good fun none the less. Night one saw a panel of Irish comedians script their own piece of Fan Fiction in response to the Harry Potter phenomenon. In a format that resembles a TV panel show more than a theatrical production, O’Loughlin and Boyce banter with their guests and the audience about owls, Muggles and what would happen if Snape got laid. It’s all low key and meanders along at an easy pace, but it’s incredibly good fun, made all the more so if you’re one of the devotees. Yet even if you don’t know your Hufflepuff from your Gryffindor, 'FanFiction Comedy' has a winning ease and charm you’ll most certainly succumb to.
If you’re a Game of Thrones freak, then go buy your tickets now. Friday sees 'FanFiction Comedy' discussing all things Stark and Lannister in a show that looks ready made for television, and is bound to deliver a few good laughs.
‘FanFiction Comedy’ by Heidi O’Loughlin runs at Smock Alley Theatre as part of Tiger Dublin Fringe until September 23rd
For more information, visit Smock Alley Theatre or Tiger Dublin Fringe