You can’t make it up? Oh, yes you can … if you’re prepared to take a leap in the dark at Edinburgh this yearAs long you like your comedy chaotic and freshly-minted, improvised sketch shows are a good bet: after all, if you don’t like this sketch, there’ll be another along in a minute. The Edinburgh fringe boasts the usual welter of improvised comedy shows this year, the majority featuring gangs of actors using games familiar to anyone who remembers the TV series Whose Line Is It Anyway?But it’s striking the number of specialist shows putting a twist on this format. Troupes are upping the ante with themed, long-form shows, stretching from Shakespeare to soap operas.Austentatious are back for a second year on the free fringe, and as popular as ever. Audiences are admitted on a first-come-first-served basis and are turning up hours in advance. The cast dramatise a “lost” Austen novel suggested at the start of show, bringing the plot devices and character traits of the sainted Jane to life with heavy emphasis on humour. “Lots of filmed adaptations of Austen miss out the comedy,” says cast member Andrew Hunter Murray, noting the author’s penchant for grotesque and funny …read more

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