Edinburgh Festival

Comedy review: Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith ★★★★ Could we be entering the era of the rock and roll mime act? Perhaps. Since we saw him last, Trygve Wakenshaw has acquired an expensive-looking geometrically cut shock of bright blonde hair. In between sketches, he leaps into his spotlight …

Comedy review: Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith ★★★★ Could we be entering the era of the rock and roll mime act? Perhaps. Since we saw him last, Trygve Wakenshaw has acquired an expensive-looking geometrically cut shock of bright blonde hair. In between sketches, he leaps into his spotlight …

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August 31, 2015

Comedy review: Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ Some people have likability in spades. And Tom Stade charms his audience from the moment he heckles the pre-show safety announcement in his trademark husky, sweary and irreverent voice. Canadian, but now living in Edinburgh, Stade strides on to …

Comedy review: Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ Some people have likability in spades. And Tom Stade charms his audience from the moment he heckles the pre-show safety announcement in his trademark husky, sweary and irreverent voice. Canadian, but now living in Edinburgh, Stade strides on to …

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August 28, 2015

Comedy review: Adam Hills: Clown Heart

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Adam Hills: Clown Heart, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ It’s a touched by tv, slimmer, shinier Adam Hills who bounds on to the stage for the opening night of his Fringe run. But he couldn’t be happier to be here. Hills loves Edinburgh, loves the Fringe, loves live …

Comedy review: Adam Hills: Clown Heart

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Adam Hills: Clown Heart, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ It’s a touched by tv, slimmer, shinier Adam Hills who bounds on to the stage for the opening night of his Fringe run. But he couldn’t be happier to be here. Hills loves Edinburgh, loves the Fringe, loves live …

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August 26, 2015

Comedy review: Seymour Mace Niche as F*ck!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Seymour Mace Niche as F*ck!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ Lanky and surprised-looking with goggle specs and an exaggerated Geordie accent, Seymour Mace is a Viz cartoon come to life. He’s got funny bones and a relaxed, ramshackle style of comedy that finds laughter in the oddest places. …

Comedy review: Seymour Mace Niche as F*ck!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Seymour Mace Niche as F*ck!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ Lanky and surprised-looking with goggle specs and an exaggerated Geordie accent, Seymour Mace is a Viz cartoon come to life. He’s got funny bones and a relaxed, ramshackle style of comedy that finds laughter in the oddest places. …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: Peter York: How to Become a Nicer Type of Person

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Peter York: How to Become a Nicer Type of Person, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ Peter York is probably the closest thing we have today to Nancy Mitford. In 1954, Mitford analysed the linguistic quirks of the British class system, listing which words were “U and non-U” and …

Theatre review: Peter York: How to Become a Nicer Type of Person

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Peter York: How to Become a Nicer Type of Person, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ Peter York is probably the closest thing we have today to Nancy Mitford. In 1954, Mitford analysed the linguistic quirks of the British class system, listing which words were “U and non-U” and …

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August 24, 2015

Cabaret review: Lynn Ruth Miller: Get a Grip

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Lynn Ruth Miller: Get a Grip, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ It’s billed as cabaret but this is really more of a storytelling show about kindness, patience and learning to love yourself. Lynn Ruth Miller is 81 years old. She started stand-up at 70 and regularly “talks dirty” …

Cabaret review: Lynn Ruth Miller: Get a Grip

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Lynn Ruth Miller: Get a Grip, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ It’s billed as cabaret but this is really more of a storytelling show about kindness, patience and learning to love yourself. Lynn Ruth Miller is 81 years old. She started stand-up at 70 and regularly “talks dirty” …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: Bug Bite

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Bug Bite, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★ The “Bug Bite” of the story refers to an aggressive form of breast cancer – which attacks a New York writer without warning – forcing her to change her life. Lizabeth Sipes tells her story well, introducing us to her wonderful …

Theatre review: Bug Bite

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Bug Bite, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★ The “Bug Bite” of the story refers to an aggressive form of breast cancer – which attacks a New York writer without warning – forcing her to change her life. Lizabeth Sipes tells her story well, introducing us to her wonderful …

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August 24, 2015

Comedy review: Lou Sanders: Excuse Me, You’re Sitting on My Penis Again

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Lou Sanders: Excuse Me, You’re Sitting on My Penis Again, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ Lou Sanders wants to go to Eton. Never mind that she is a fully grown up female stand up, she has decided it is never too late to embark on a life of …

Comedy review: Lou Sanders: Excuse Me, You’re Sitting on My Penis Again

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Lou Sanders: Excuse Me, You’re Sitting on My Penis Again, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ Lou Sanders wants to go to Eton. Never mind that she is a fully grown up female stand up, she has decided it is never too late to embark on a life of …

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August 24, 2015

Comedy review: Lewis Schaffer is Free until Famous, £5

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Lewis Schaffer is Free until Famous, £5, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★★ Audiences in Edinburgh have a notoriously strict 50-minute attention span. It is a rare show that makes you wish it could start again as soon as it is over. This is one of the most brilliant …

Comedy review: Lewis Schaffer is Free until Famous, £5

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Lewis Schaffer is Free until Famous, £5, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★★ Audiences in Edinburgh have a notoriously strict 50-minute attention span. It is a rare show that makes you wish it could start again as soon as it is over. This is one of the most brilliant …

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August 24, 2015

Comedy review: Womanz: Jou’re Welcome

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Womanz: Jou’re Welcome, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ Bursting out of a glittering jewelled bodice with a megawatt smile and huge backcombed hair, here is a woman who is not afraid to shake, jiggle and roar. Hamming up her Greek accent, Aussie performer Tessa Waters becomes every woman, …

Comedy review: Womanz: Jou’re Welcome

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Womanz: Jou’re Welcome, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ Bursting out of a glittering jewelled bodice with a megawatt smile and huge backcombed hair, here is a woman who is not afraid to shake, jiggle and roar. Hamming up her Greek accent, Aussie performer Tessa Waters becomes every woman, …

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August 21, 2015

Comedy review: Stewart Lee : A Room With A Stew

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Stewart Lee: A Room With A Stew, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ Some comedians choose reggae or punk as their intro music, some declare their grandiosity with a blast of opera, but Stewart Lee brings us into the room with some cerebral, complicated jazz. He deliberately screws up …

Comedy review: Stewart Lee : A Room With A Stew

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Stewart Lee: A Room With A Stew, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ Some comedians choose reggae or punk as their intro music, some declare their grandiosity with a blast of opera, but Stewart Lee brings us into the room with some cerebral, complicated jazz. He deliberately screws up …

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August 21, 2015

Comedy review: Paul Currie – Re-Release the Baboons

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Paul Currie – Re-Release the Baboons, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ There’s no shortage of testosterone in the room when Paul Currie bursts in wearing a huge beard, suit jacket and underpants. There’s lots of leaping about, lots of loud noises. Shirts are happily ripped off and sexual …

Comedy review: Paul Currie – Re-Release the Baboons

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Paul Currie – Re-Release the Baboons, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ There’s no shortage of testosterone in the room when Paul Currie bursts in wearing a huge beard, suit jacket and underpants. There’s lots of leaping about, lots of loud noises. Shirts are happily ripped off and sexual …

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August 21, 2015

Children’s show review: Funz and Gamez Tooz

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Funz and Gamez Tooz, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★★ Last year Funz and Gamez ­became a massive underground hit. Word on the street was a group of northern comics were doing a kids’ show that contained loads of secret adult material. The kids loved it but the …

Children’s show review: Funz and Gamez Tooz

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Funz and Gamez Tooz, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★★ Last year Funz and Gamez ­became a massive underground hit. Word on the street was a group of northern comics were doing a kids’ show that contained loads of secret adult material. The kids loved it but the …

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August 21, 2015

Comedy review: Omar Hamdi: In the Valleys of the Kings

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Omar Hamdi: In the Valleys of the Kings, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith ★★ He’s got a Jedward haircut, a Muslim background and a Welsh accent – but Omar Hamdi hasn’t really worked out who he is as a comic. There’s some great subject matter. Hamdi is Egyptian and …

Comedy review: Omar Hamdi: In the Valleys of the Kings

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Omar Hamdi: In the Valleys of the Kings, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith ★★ He’s got a Jedward haircut, a Muslim background and a Welsh accent – but Omar Hamdi hasn’t really worked out who he is as a comic. There’s some great subject matter. Hamdi is Egyptian and …

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August 20, 2015

Comedy review: Andrew Doyle : Minimalism!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Andrew Doyle : Minimalism!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ There seems to be a minor epidemic of comics talking about the comedy industry as part of their act. We all know the live circuit is going through a crisis but there is really no need for all this …

Comedy review: Andrew Doyle : Minimalism!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Andrew Doyle : Minimalism!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ There seems to be a minor epidemic of comics talking about the comedy industry as part of their act. We all know the live circuit is going through a crisis but there is really no need for all this …

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August 20, 2015

Dance review: Tibetan Monks Sacred Music and Masked Dance

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: Tibetan Monks Sacred Music and Masked Dance, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith ★★★ Not only a performance but also a religious happening, this is a rare and beautiful glimpse into an ancient world. The yellow hat monks of Tashi Lhunpo are followers of the Dalai Lama and also of …

Dance review: Tibetan Monks Sacred Music and Masked Dance

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: Tibetan Monks Sacred Music and Masked Dance, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith ★★★ Not only a performance but also a religious happening, this is a rare and beautiful glimpse into an ancient world. The yellow hat monks of Tashi Lhunpo are followers of the Dalai Lama and also of …

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August 20, 2015

Cabaret review: Dillie Keane

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Dillie Keane, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ From the moment Dillie Keane wafts on to the stage you know you are in the presence of class. Elegantly coiffed, superbly poised and resplendent in flowery evening pyjamas, she opens with a song which brilliantly subverts our expectations of how …

Cabaret review: Dillie Keane

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Dillie Keane, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ From the moment Dillie Keane wafts on to the stage you know you are in the presence of class. Elegantly coiffed, superbly poised and resplendent in flowery evening pyjamas, she opens with a song which brilliantly subverts our expectations of how …

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August 20, 2015
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