Comedy review: Ursula Burns – I Do It For The Money

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Ursula Burns – I Do It For The Money at Fingers Piano Bar (Venue 221), reviewed by Kate Copstick

Another truly memorable Fringe experience. A gorgeous, flame-haired, crazy woman who has run off to the circus more times than most of us have seen one and now does things with a Paraguayan harp with which few stringed instruments could cope.

She is enchanting and funny in equal measure, with a lovely, lilting voice that makes the words “Falls Road” sound like Brigadoon. We are a friendly audience and she knows us all because she has flyered each one of us.

She sings songs born of a post-circus life playing at weddings and funerals – I Like to Go to Hospital, I Do it For the Money and I’m Yer F***in’ Harpist are particular delights.
When Ursula gets political, you don’t want to get in her way. Recipe for Disaster – about fracking – kicks more ass than you would believe possible for a small woman in a red corseted ballgown.

Her stories are joyous, her chat on the subject of “culture” and how she got into comedy refreshing and the harp music beautiful. Ursula Burns is a fabulous woman with whom to spend an hour.

Until 24 August. Today 3:10pm

Originally published in The Scotsman

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