EDINBURGH FRINGE: Typical at the Pleasance Courtyard (Beneath) EH8 9TJ (venue 33) ****
If the EastEnders’ Fox family want to know where Kim’s errant husband is, he’s at the Edinburgh Fringe!

But in Ryan Calais Cameron’s powerful new play actor Richard Blackwood is no wide boy, just a British ex-serviceman going about his business - until he is assaulted, and then set upon by police, with tragic consequences. Just because of the colour of his skin.

Based on true events surrounding the death of Christopher Alder in 1998, it’s very much a play of two halves.

It starts out with Alder preparing for a night on the town. Here, Blackwood gets to practice all his skills - as a singer, presenter and, occasionally when his quick-fire delivery is a little too fast, a rapper! He is also a consummate actor, strutting his stuff as he delivers Cameron’s comic lines with great timing, playing an assortment of characters, including women, and engaging with the audience.

The mood changes dramatically in the second half; the dialogue is dark; Blackwood throws himself about the stage as if being beaten by unseen hands. It’s painful to watch, as is the actual footage of the police assault on Alder shown on a back screen.

It left us all shaken and stirred.

Typical is at the Pleasance Courtyard (Beneath) until Aug 25 at 4.30pm. Tickets are priced from £10 with concessions. 
Box Office: 0131 226 0000 edfringe.com
Image:Jonny Birch