The Blazers

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): The Blazers at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (venue 53). Review by Alison Kerr This off-the-wall comic play centres on a trio of students who are determined to find a way of contributing to society – and decide that they have found it when they hit upon the idea of …

Wolf Whistle

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): Paradise in The Vault (Venue 29). Review by Alison Kerr The stories of three women whose periods have stopped, and who are awaiting a doctor’s appointment, are woven around each other in this yawn-inducing production. Only one of the characters really comes to life and is completely believable, while …

Joe Stilgoe: Songs on Film

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (music): Joe Stilgoe: Songs on Film at Assembly Checkpoint (venue 322). Review by Alison Kerr [Joe Stilgoe is more than a singer–pianist with a witty repartee] Singer-pianist Joe Stilgoe’s Songs on Film show can be summed up in a two-word review: “Sheer joy”. Why? Because it lifts the spirits, puts …

Rants, Bantz and Comas

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): Rants, Bantz and Comas at theSpace on North Bridge (Venue 36). Review by Alison Kerr A fragmented family comes together after a call from the hospital about a serious accident. You can guess what the outcome is… Fluffed lines, unnatural delivery and a forgettable, pedestrian plot and dialogue make …

Till Death

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): Warrior at the Space on North Bridge (Venue 36). Review by Alison Kerr Till Death purports to be a comic play set in the Broken Vows counselling facility (“We fix your marriage so Jeremy Kyle doesn’t have to”) where three drastically different couples are sharing a group session. Promising, …

Unprescribed

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): Unprescribed at Greenside @ Nicolson Square (Venue 209). Review by Alison Kerr The success of this surreal piece of theatre is entirely due to the terrific physical performances. The audience is invited to an open day at “The Centre”, a clinic for OCD patients. In charge is Dr Blink, …

Who Did I Think I Was?

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): Who Did I Think I Was? at Laughing Horse @ The Counting House (Venue 170). Review by Alison Kerr This thought-provoking one-man show, part of the Free Fringe, may be staged in one of the least hospitable, least noise-proof venues on the circuit, but it is sufficiently absorbing and …

What Do You Mean

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): What Do You Mean at Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall (Venue 278). Review by Alison Kerr. If you love the theatre, chances are you’ll get a kick out of this clever, slapstick comedy about the business of staging a play. And if there’s something familiar about it, it’s undoubtedly …

Little Jazz Bird

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (music): Little Jazz Bird at The Jazz Bar (Venue 57). Review by Alison Kerr Nerves and whisky may have got the better of Victoria Bennett at her opening performance, but luckily she has a swinging band and a voice which is often lovely. The problem is, it sounds as if …

You, Me and the World

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): You, Me and the World at Zoo Southside (Venue 82). Review by Alison Kerr There may be one performer in this uneven but entertaining, only-at-the-Fringe experience, but there are two shows happening simultaneously: the one with Olly Hawes trying to make sense of our connections with each other and …

Watching Windows

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): Watching Windows at theSpace@Surgeons Hall (VENUE 53). Review by Alison Kerr At first, Watching Windows appears to be like one of those tableaux movies where the action takes place in the same house during different eras, but in fact, the three stories – set in 1964, 1984 and 2014 …