Dates and Times
Sun 18 - Mon 19 June at 8pm
Presented by Dear Hunter Theatre
After a sell out run in Sheffield in November 2016 and having just performed at the National Student Drama Festival 2017, The Iconoclasts are ready to entertain the people of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year.
The Iconoclasts tells the story of an exuberant family façade that is just about ready to crack. Music, magic, poetry, drag and comedy meet in an explosive night of would-be redemption for the former celebs, but the cabaret-style comeback night just goes further and further off course. Played in by a live funk band, fronted by the sexy Sweet Stax, lucky ticket holders are encouraged to grab a drink and strap in for the fiery return of the showbiz legends.
After a catch-up montage from the families’ humiliating warts-and-all documentary You Can’t Choose Your Family; the audience are ready to sit back and witness the much anticipated return of Patricia, John, Alec & Danny. Despite the reconciliation rhetoric, we begin to see, through Danny’s comedy, Patricia’s pop songs and Alec’s magic and John’s surprising drg , that by-gones are not quite by-gones for the controversial Catholics.
Half-farce, half-tragedy, this musical play leads the audience through The Iconoclasts’ chequered history with poignancy, humour and irreverence. The ‘show within a show’ form addresses our modern day obsession with fame and explores the resilience and complexity of the family unit, within the ever-relevant context of Irish colonisation, exploitation and fight for independence. If this lot are going down, they’re going down swinging!
About the company
Dear Hunter Theatre is a new company creating fast-paced, irreverent and thought-provoking theatre through a blend of comedy, music and original story-telling. Forming as a company in Spring 2016, a vibrant group of Sheffield-based artists, designers, technicians and producers have collaborated to develop our debut show The Iconoclasts written by Ben Price, with original songs by Emily Compton.