A Play, A Pie & A Pint: Silence In Court - Le Monde (Venue 47)
The play, pie and pint concept is simple and does what it says on the tin - see a show and your ticket price includes a pie and a pint.
‘Silence In Court’ isn’t new to the Fringe - it’s moved along George Street for its 2015 run - but it fits neatly into the slot.
It’s an interactive show with the audience forming the jury and also sitting in what become the public benches for a court case.
This year it’s a libel hearing with a Tory MP suing a newspaper after being exposed for a ‘romp’ with a rent boy.
He wants £500,000, the paper stands by its story.
You get to hear from the politician and the editor, can cross-examine them both, and then you must decide who you believe.
You can choose to be part of the jury or simply sit in the audience, but, either way, you can still decide who’s telling the truth.
The real fun - apart from hearing the old ‘Crown Court’ theme tune from the 1970s lunchtime show - is seeing how engaged and forensic jury members become; the two leading players are put in front of them and have to think on their feet as the questions start to come.
That follows a first half in which the facts are put before the jury who get ton take notes, and elect a foreman before beginning their own cross examination.
At today’s show, the MP won his claim for damages, but whether that happens for the remainder of this Fringe run is entirely in your hands.
And the pies are pretty good too...!