One can be lulled into a false sense of security at the Fringe, that all shows will be as precise and rehearsed as Birdhouse or Agamemnon, but then a show like this comes along. Weaving together six horror stories, the piece falters almost immediately when an actor knocks over a prop, and this lack of preparation bleeds throughout — from shoddy performances to a script that should have been butchered long before its characters were. Some moments show ingenuity, especially a scene set entirely in darkness, but otherwise the piece is deflated by a simple unwillingness to rehearse and refine.
Real Horror Show is playing at Assembly Roxy until August 26th.
Tickets: £12 (£11)