For Immy, finding eternal life, and love, was all about good timing. Sitting at the right Las Vegas roulette table and meeting the guy from the late-night science documentary carrying the elixir made of shark bits kind of good timing. She knocks it back over some roulette chips and eternal life is hers, whether she wanted it or not.
Sometimes finding the perfect Edinburgh show is also all about good timing, and sitting with damp eyes at the emotional climax of You Only Live Forever it’s certainly hit the spot.
Sometimes finding the perfect Edinburgh show is also all about good timing
You see, today is my last day of EdFringe and it’s been an emotional rollercoaster to say the least! Immy learns, from centuries of life, that it is only when we can see the finish point looming that we fully appreciate life in the moment. I don’t think at any point I lost my appreciation (I’ve only had 10 days – not centuries!), but I am certainly feeling extra gratefully and appreciative on this final day. And this manifests in being extra-sensitive to tender, emotional scenes it seems. Or maybe I just had something in my eye.
it is only when we can see the finish point looming that we fully appreciate life in the moment.
But hold up, I am making this about me. My reviews shouldn’t be about me, that would be like a show just being about the writer – right?
Well, funny that, because in You Only Live Forever the ego of the writer is precisely what makes this show so funny and unique (I know what you’re thinking – if only the same could be said of my review).
Roxy and Alice are a co-writing comedy match made in heaven. From the ideas box that’s never been opened (like every suggestion box since the dawn of time) to the rap that controversially got cut (and the song that didn’t!), they interrupt the course of the story to share their wisdom in self-consciously self-indulgent comedic interludes. Both threads could be shows in their own right, but together their matrimony is comedic bliss.
a co-writing comedy match made in heaven
Meanwhile, when they’re not dissecting the writing process, we are squeezed through seventy years of their character’s (Immy and Olga, named ingeniously because they are ‘immortal’ and ‘older’) marital bliss – not easy to do, as Roxy and Alice observe – to be honest we could have done with a clock to keep up! Their relationship is peppered with adorably childish visions of the future. There are flying cars of course, and books are luxury items found in specialist antique shops. Young or old, and the audience this afternoon is a very healthy mix of both, we all want to believe the best is yet to come.
we all want to believe the best is yet to come.
In short – indeed in just an hour – these two pack universal life truths into a hysterically funny, quirky and emotional package. Age is just a number. Love makes life worth living. Life, and festivals, can never last forever so make the most of it while you can (and see this show!).