If you have ever seen the sketch group BEASTS - which Ciaran is a part of - then you know what you’re getting into. Frantic energy, genius writing, and laughter that can leave you feeling physically assaulted. Don Rodolfo is a simply must see show while you’re in Edinburgh.
It was obvious within the first second that Ciaran was going to be a whirlwind of energy, an unstoppable force of pace and wit. Sword fighting a horde of off-stage men who were angered by his philandering of women, he accidentally killed one of them - their fault, obviously - before taking centre stage and introducing us to the greatest swordsman there ever was. Someone who both is and owns a spectacular bellend, in his words.
We follow Rodolfo on his quest to take down his nemesis the six-handed man, a real cold-hearted bastard who killed his father right in front of him. Along the way we discover his childhood, which goes some way to explain his obsession and talent with sex, where he learnt his considerable sword skills, and his one true love. And who can forget his faithful sidekick, Horse.
The Spanish accent is pretty appalling at times, but Dowd manages to at least keep it mostly consistent. To be honest it only contributed to the hilarity. The plot was largely ludicrous and unbelievable, taking absurdist cues from the likes of Mighty Boosh (a cop-out comparison I know), but I won’t say too much so as to keep it a surprise for when you see it. And you will go see it, because to not is to miss an absolute gem.
I was pretty gutted when I found out that BEASTS weren’t at the Fringe this year (bar a four-day short run). However, with Owen Roberts and Ciaran Dowd both bringing amazing solo shows up, it turns out it's is a great year to double down on some of the best comedy in the Pleasance.
Pleasance Courtyard @ 22:45
For tickets and more information visit the Ed Fringe website.