2017 Edinburgh Fringe

Margarita Dreams

  • Comedy (60 minutes)
Margarita Dreams

Dave is on the beach, in Mexico, drinking margaritas. He drifts off... into a whirl of absurdities. Cross-dressing, phone-induced paranoia, a four-way divorce, a spirit-reading summoning a flasher, String Theory explained, the modern technology-addled brain (with robotic legs), a very strange romance, disappointed parents - and finally, a riot at the Shy People's Encounter Group, ending harmoniously in disco therapy. Funny where nine margaritas can take you... 'Will enthral and enchant all who venture through this theatricum botanicum' (Jack Black). 'Great material by a master comedy craftsman' (Griff Rhys Jones). 'A delicious comedy cocktail' (Kathy Lette).

Featuring

Performances

Date Time Venue
2nd Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
3rd Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
4th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
5th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
6th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
7th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
8th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
9th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
10th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
11th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
12th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
13th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
14th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
15th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
16th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
17th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
18th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
19th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
20th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
21st Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
22nd Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
23rd Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
24th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
25th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
26th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
27th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square
28th Aug 14.00 Underbelly, Bristo Square

Reviews

Press articles

The worst place comics have stayed during the Fringe?

Comedians relive their Edinburgh nightmares.

Chortle, 9th August 2017

Richard Sparks picks his perfect playlist

In 1978 Richard Sparks wrote the schoolmaster sketch which Rowan Atkinson performed in The Secret Policeman's Ball. Before that Richard had written four revues at the Edinburgh Fringe, including two Oxford Revues, which starred Mel Smith. Later he was a writer on TV shows including Not the Nine O'Clock News. Now he returns to the Fringe for the first time in 40 years, having written and directed Margarita Dreams at Underbelly Med Quad. Here's his Perfect Playlist.

Richard Sparks, Chortle, 6th August 2017

Interview with Richard Sparks

Richard Sparks takes some time to talk to Voice about the Margarita Dreams, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 1st August 2017

+3 interview: Margarita Dreams

"I'd forgotten what a joy writing sketch comedy is - there is the freedom to go anywhere and do anything."

Dan Lentell, Edinburgh49, 29th July 2017

Pick of the Edinburgh Fringe - Issue 6

Stand-up, improv, absurdist and sketch, we've got it all covered.

Theatre Weekly, 28th July 2017

Three to see 2017: Three sketch comedy shows

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three sketch comedy shows.

Caro Moses, ThreeWeeks, 28th July 2017

Margarita Dreams: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

Richard Sparks, writer/director of Margarita Dreams, provides the As to our Qs. He's the man behind an exciting sounding show that promises a whirl of absurdities.

Laugh Out London, 27th July 2017

BWW Q&A- Margarita Dreams

Margarita Dreams interview.

Natalie O'Donoghue, Broadway World, 24th July 2017

An interview with Richard Sparks

Richard Sparks interview.

Mumble Comedy, 12th July 2017

More details

Interview

Three questions with alcohol-fuelled, freewheeling sketch show Margarita Dreams. Writer/director Richard Sparks provides the answers.

After 41 years away, what inspired you to return to the Edinburgh Fringe?

Second childhood - or maybe second adolescence. This all came completely out of nowhere, hit me like a runaway truck back in February and I haven't had this much fun in years. There were no rules, no expectations, no anything: the work came flooding out, the kids we've cast have picked it up and run off into the wide blue yonder with it.

We all feel like we're riding this great big wave - I have no idea how this all happened. But that's the thing about inspiration. When it hits, you have to jump on, hang on for dear life, go for broke, or miss the moment. What was it Shakespeare wrote, "There is a tide in the affairs of men..." If you'd told me six months ago I'd be going back to Edinburgh with a new show I'd have slapped you until I woke up.

What was your favourite moment of the Fringe the first time around?

Ian (now Sir Ian) Holm and Patti Love in Caravaggio, Buddy at the Traverse - followed a couple of beers later by Lindsay Kemp's dance/mime/movement extravaganza Les Fleurs du Mal. My God, what is all this stuff??!? Oh, and Mel Smith just completely hypnotising our audiences in my first Oxford Revue. I watched him from the wings thinking: 'I wrote that... I don't recognise any of it, what the hell??' That was the first inkling I got of what great performers can do with your material. They mine it, exploit it, make it flower, nail it to the ceiling, and you think - What?? Thank you!

How do you mix the perfect margarita?

Equal proportions of:

1: Tequila (make sure it is 100% agave. Cheaper commercial tequilas are 50% neutral spirits, i.e. vodka. Avoid. White [blanco] is best).

2 Triple Sec (tip: buy the weak, 15% alcohol Triple Sec. With all that tequila, the 30% hits too hard and fast.)

3 Fresh squeezed lime and / or lemon juice. Don't even think about using commercial mixes, or citrus juice out of a bottle.

Put it all in a blender with a lot of ice cubes. It will become thick and opaque with blending.

Dip the rim of each glass in the mix and then in salt scattered on a plate - or not if you don't want a salted rim, your choice.

Pour in the mixture almost to the top, leaving just enough room to top it off with a float of Grand Marnier - this makes it a "Cadillac Margarita". If you don't have Grand Marnier, no worries.

I keep my tequila and Triple Sec in the freezer, cold and ready.

Salud! - And see you in Edinburgh.

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