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Venue:The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8 9DD
Phone: 0131 667 7533
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Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Loft
AUG 2-17 at 13:30 (60 min)
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Comedy in a boiler suit with a lethal set of ratchets. One liners, deranged frontal lobes and jokes that jump hot from the porcelain. Come and meet OCD plumber Ron who will take you on a unique journey through the plumbing mysteries of England as he alarmingly demonstrates suicide, traumatised French Poodles, exploding chemical toilets, the disappearance of God and kamikaze lunch boxes in the strange world of dodgy plumbing. Join him as he tries to solve the riddle of the singing voice in the pipes – is it a quirk of the u-bend? an existential mystery? or a rabid creature blended from the great national sewage wastes and about to unleash a holocaust of bacteria on an unsuspecting populace? As Ron says “Sewage – it’s not everyone’s cup of tea” but some warrior has to battle rusted pipes and wobbly ballcocks, and Ron is your man. He knows plumbing is a metaphor for life, and one person’s frontal flush is another’s rear disposal and sometimes life is so confusing you can’t differentiate. Everyone loves a man perched on a toilet seat contemplating the mysteries of life, sex and the universe. When he’s rocking inside it’s even better and especially if he meets his own worst nightmare there – either a reincarnation of Cilla Black or a sewage monster. Ron’s comic blast includes a dating interlude over ballcocks and the strange incident of the Nazi bath taps. As Ron says, grammar is crucial to plumbing - the real difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit. It’s tough being a drain surgeon in a shitty world but his pipes are always rock hard and he’s never afraid of going down under.

Methane fueled stand up, sit down, and rock and roll comedy. A well spent 50 minutes of ribaldry, wit and mayhem. Ideas are ripped out, bolted, flushed and discarded with all the indifferent love of a deranged workaholic plumber. This is Al Murray in the fast lane. JAWS is Ron’s theme tune, which tells you a lot.

Steve Attridge is a multi-award winning writer and performer of long standing – 9 stage plays, 100 TV scripts, 8 films, 22 books, Writers’ Guild Awards, RTS Awards and BAFTA nominations for shows like The Queen’s Nose. The Head of BBC Drama said he “is one of the major talents in drama and probably the best writer of dialogue around now.” He worked as a performance poet with John Cooper Clarke. He likes to take language into physical performance and see how far both can stretch out of shape until something happens. He performs comedy, character comedy, TV and film roles, straight theatre and voice over. He is a sensitive soul with his head in the clouds and his feet sloshily planted in the gutter. He is also a novelist of some standing and his novel The Natural Law went straight to Amazon’s Number One Kindle bestseller lists.

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August 2, 2018  The Mumble
Ron the Plumber Meets God-Cilla
I’m gonna give you a sample scenario. You’re at the Fringe, you like a bit of theatre, you like a bit of comedy, but you just don’t know what mood you’re in right at this moment. If that sounds like you, then Ron the Plumber is the performer for you. For those who feel a smile is the gateway to the soul, Steve Attridge is its Saint Peteresque gatekeeper, so pleasant a sensation it is to be in his company. Even before the show started he was chatting away to the audience, making us all feel relaxed, & eager for the show to commence. For example, some of the crowd were from Arizona, & before long we found out that an 18-year old Steve had once won a competition to meet Rod Stewart & The Faces in America, & ended up becoming the roadie. Three months later he turned up back in Britain & perhaps has never quite recovered.

I digress. The best way to describe this creation of Mr Attridge is ‘high-brow toilet humour.’ As follow the adventures, escapades & Cockney trade-tricks of Ron the Plumber it is impossible not to guffaw ridiculously at the sheer accuracy of Ron’s mammoth knowledge of Plumbabilia & his appreciation of social niceties, all delivered with hilarious & lyrical honesty.

Long story short, if one was to judge the very quintessence of laughter, then Attridge & his adorable Ron are funnier than about 80% of the stand-ups at the Fringe. The stagecraft is a little sparse, but the combination of Steve’s genuine quality & a cleverly thought-out, gag-punctuated, innuendo-pregnant script brings dividends. Totally go see this show… its 35 minutes long – which is perfect for the Fringe I think – its free, & its clearly class! You will also massively increase your knowledge of that oblique corner of reality that keeps us all well flushed!

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