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Venue:The Phoenix, 46-48A Broughton Street Edinburgh EH1 3SA
Phone: 0131 557 6944
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Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Phoenix Below
AUG 2-25 at 14:45 (50 min)
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“It's not the end of the world!" Join the last survivors of the global nuclear catastrophe in Lotta Quizeen’s boutique bunker. She’s got recipe tips for tinned goods and dating strategies to repopulate the planet. There’s no pressure, Lotta is in control! Or is she? She’s been under a lot of strain lately and perhaps being locked in an underground stronghold may not be the sanest idea...

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August 20, 2018  Fringe Guru
We're greeted at the door by a woman in camouflage overalls, holding a Geiger counter (oh, all right, a bleeping iPhone) in her hand. It's bad news, I'm afraid: World War III has broken out, and we're the last few survivors to have made it down to this cramped and sealed bunker. But all's not lost, for we have a stout-hearted guide to lead us through the coming darkness; a strong, inspiring, practical woman, who won't let the little matter of nuclear Armageddon disrupt her well-ordered life. Or at least… she seems to see it that way.

The woman in question is Lotta Quizeen, the long-time alter ego of performer Katie Richardson, whose Thatcheresque imperiousness and love of domestic regimen make her the ideal candidate to organise a brave new world underground. She has roles in mind for all of us, and she's stockpiled plenty of cake mix; and if this all seems a touch gender-stereotyped for your taste, don't worry, she's sorted out the generator too. But her son Hugo's been out on patrol, and he's really quite late returning. He'll be all right, of course. He's just a bit delayed. Isn't he?

The story that follows is cleverly constructed, with hints of something even darker than nuclear winter poking at the edges of Lotta's mind. Unexplained motifs – from her obsession with the wild dogs hunting outside, to her out-of-place musings on forgiveness – together suggest there's something about Lotta's recent history which she isn't quite letting on. By the end, when it's all snapped into place, we have a renewed understanding of how she came to be in this bunker, and of what life after the bomb went off might actually mean to her.

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