In the true spirit of Fringe Festival, Shotspeare is boozy, bawdy hilarity and is as delightfully offensive as it is charming.

PhotobyJamieArrigoOne frat house with very little dignity is reminiscent of where we lay our scene as the Shotspeare actors perform an abridged version of Romeo and Juliet.

The audience are encouraged to bring drinks into the Umbrella Revolution theatre in the Garden of Unearthly delights and join with the cast as they chug their way through the famous tragedy.

Pulling an unsuspecting audience member up to play various roles (and take shots of chilled vodka), the travelling troupe from the USA poke fun at the Bard, the audience and themselves for an hour.

Definitely more Shakesbeer than Shakespeare, the theatre experience provides copious belly laughs, and if you know your Elizabethan literature, a fun new spin on the play.

Without giving too much away, there’s audience participation, a wheel of soliloquy, an adventurous sex scene and a lot of toasting to, well, anything really.

As with any event that encourages heavy drinking, Shotspeare might not be able to avoid obnoxious behavior from their clientele, but the cast deal with this well.

They celebrated heckles and hollers from the crowd but were very quick to quash any overly-offensive behavior, (such as comments from a couple of guys as Juliet lay unconscious); but they did this subtly and professionally without interrupting the flow of the piece.

Shotspeare is great fun and well worth seeing if you like your theatre rude, hilarious and beer-soaked, which is what fringe-dwelling arts is all about, isn’t it?

Shotspeare is showing every night of the Fringe so grab a beer and some tickets and get ready for a giggle.

By Libby Parker