Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Michael Brunström: The Golden Age of Steam, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick
As he enters, accessorised with peaked cap and whistle we, the audience, shout “chuff” at indiscriminate intervals until we eventually synchronise and, lo, we are the steam train alluded to in the title of the show. This is a strange and wonderful hour. There is a short introduction involving a tiny fern which we applaud and then we dive right into the first section of the show which is all about airport impressions. I won’t ruin your experience by telling you the answers, the fun is working it out for yourselves. You won’t, of course.
After Brunström “takes an ambiguous stance”, we have an emotional moment in which we say goodbye to his hat. Things might have turned depressing here but Brunström gets the room back with some violence and destruction aimed – we are all delighted to see – at Jeremy Clarkson.
Remembering the Eighties provides one of the show’s lighter moments before Brunström gets risky and tries some Intellectual Comedy involving an Ironic Trowel. “Not everyone’s going to get it” he admits, but I think most of us did. Possibly. Or not, it doesn’t really matter. There are pingpong balls and a hula hoop, Thundercats and a range of sophisticated cockerel impressions. There is also a deal of audience participation so bring your thinking caps.
At one point we decide where the performance is going and the tight vote almost brought the whole show to a halt. Not quite, as again Brunström’s ready wit saved the day. The Speed Poetry competition is not to be missed. Clarkson fans will not like the Grand Finale. I absolutely loved it.
Cowgatehead, run ended
Published in The Scotsman
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