Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Smack, Crackle n’ Pop!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters.
This breakfast show with a difference is the debut fringe venture from Danny Ash and Emily Bee, young regulars on the London alternative cabaret and performance circuit. Set up as a breezy way to start your day – despite its 10pm start time – it’s more likely to have you choking on your cornflakes.
Themed around a succession of cereal boxes, its series of out-there acts testifies to an appealingly bizarre and inventive sensibility, even if the results are distinctly hit and miss. Highlights include Ash as a so-butch-he’s-camp Vladimir Putin and Bee as a woman waiting for a date who makes an unexpected discovery in her new dress. These routines both make good use of a video screen housed in a nifty set. Leftfield takes on a genteel suburban breakfast or a girl’s night in alone, meanwhile, have clear potential but feel unfinished. The more straightforwardly circus or dance-based routines are less engaging. There are plenty of other rough edges, from wardrobe malfunctions and sound problems to ropey patter and an overreliance on sex toys. At their best, Ash and Bee show a welcome interest in embracing challenging or taboo subjects and experimenting with innovative ways to express them.
theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39) until 29 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 28 August 2015
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