Edinburgh Festival

Theatre review: The Worry Monster

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Worry Monster, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★ There’s a kernel of emotional truth in this play about a man who creates a monster in his childhood which follows him into adult life. The lead character is Raymond, an artist whose anxiety is ruining his life and seeping …

Theatre review: The Worry Monster

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Worry Monster, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★ There’s a kernel of emotional truth in this play about a man who creates a monster in his childhood which follows him into adult life. The lead character is Raymond, an artist whose anxiety is ruining his life and seeping …

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August 19, 2015

Comedy review: Paul Foot

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Paul Foot, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★ There are some unexpected walk outs in this show, in which the comic is struggling with a terrible bout of Underbelly throat. But I suspect the walk outs are not occasioned by Foot’s painful sounding croak – but are Paul Foot …

Comedy review: Paul Foot

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Paul Foot, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★ There are some unexpected walk outs in this show, in which the comic is struggling with a terrible bout of Underbelly throat. But I suspect the walk outs are not occasioned by Foot’s painful sounding croak – but are Paul Foot …

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August 19, 2015

Comedy review: Miss Behave’s Gameshow

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Miss Behave’s Gameshow, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ If former La Clique showgirl Miss Behave ever had a perfume named after her it would be called “Anarchy”. I have never ever seen a Fringe audience behave like this. After two minutes of the Gameshow people are standing on …

Comedy review: Miss Behave’s Gameshow

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Miss Behave’s Gameshow, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ If former La Clique showgirl Miss Behave ever had a perfume named after her it would be called “Anarchy”. I have never ever seen a Fringe audience behave like this. After two minutes of the Gameshow people are standing on …

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August 19, 2015

Comedy review: Candy Gigi – Chicken Soup

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Candy Gigi – Chicken Soup, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ It’s always fun to listen to things people say as they are walking out of a show. Here are three things I heard after Candy Gigi: “I don’t know what the hell that was but I loved it”; …

Comedy review: Candy Gigi – Chicken Soup

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Candy Gigi – Chicken Soup, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ It’s always fun to listen to things people say as they are walking out of a show. Here are three things I heard after Candy Gigi: “I don’t know what the hell that was but I loved it”; …

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August 18, 2015

Theatre review: Rope

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Rope, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith ★★ Watching this promenade performance is a bit like finding yourself in an Alexander McCall Smith novel. Some students are hauling a body through the streets of Edinburgh in a trunk – and the audience follows on ­behind, from The Edinburgh ­Academy to …

Theatre review: Rope

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Rope, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith ★★ Watching this promenade performance is a bit like finding yourself in an Alexander McCall Smith novel. Some students are hauling a body through the streets of Edinburgh in a trunk – and the audience follows on ­behind, from The Edinburgh ­Academy to …

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August 17, 2015

Comedy review: This Is Your Trial

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: This Is Your Trial, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ This is not so much a show but a format, in which a changing cast of comedians come together to hold a mock trial, allowing members of the audience to air their grievances in public. Tonight Judge Howard Read …

Comedy review: This Is Your Trial

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: This Is Your Trial, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ This is not so much a show but a format, in which a changing cast of comedians come together to hold a mock trial, allowing members of the audience to air their grievances in public. Tonight Judge Howard Read …

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August 14, 2015

Comedy review: Felicity Ward: What If There Is No toilet?

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Felicity Ward: What If There Is No toilet?, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ Lots of comedians, let’s face it, have voices in their heads. But I doubt there has ever been a ­funnier one than Beryl – the anxiety-making old lady who lives in Felicity Ward’s head. Beryl …

Comedy review: Felicity Ward: What If There Is No toilet?

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Felicity Ward: What If There Is No toilet?, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ Lots of comedians, let’s face it, have voices in their heads. But I doubt there has ever been a ­funnier one than Beryl – the anxiety-making old lady who lives in Felicity Ward’s head. Beryl …

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August 14, 2015

Comedy review: Gabriel Bisset-Smith Tells the Most Original and Funny Joke in the Universe!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Gabriel Bisset-Smith Tells the Most Original and Funny Joke in the Universe!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★ If you are going to give your show this sort of title you had better have something substantial up your sleeve. ­Unfortunately, Gabriel Bisset-Smith hasn’t. What he has is a mashed-up, …

Comedy review: Gabriel Bisset-Smith Tells the Most Original and Funny Joke in the Universe!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Gabriel Bisset-Smith Tells the Most Original and Funny Joke in the Universe!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★ If you are going to give your show this sort of title you had better have something substantial up your sleeve. ­Unfortunately, Gabriel Bisset-Smith hasn’t. What he has is a mashed-up, …

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August 14, 2015

Comedy review: Bridget Christie: A Book For Her

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Bridget Christie: A Book For Her, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ It’s 11am at The Stand, now the traditional time and place for Bridget Christie’s Fringe show. Since winning the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2013, Christie is now officially known as “feminist comedian Bridget Christie” – so …

Comedy review: Bridget Christie: A Book For Her

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Bridget Christie: A Book For Her, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ It’s 11am at The Stand, now the traditional time and place for Bridget Christie’s Fringe show. Since winning the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2013, Christie is now officially known as “feminist comedian Bridget Christie” – so …

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August 14, 2015

Theatre review: Giant Leap

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Giant Leap, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ How do you come up with a really good line? How important are words when it comes to making history and what if the words are based on a lie? Conspiracy theory becomes reality in this play about the fake moon …

Theatre review: Giant Leap

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Giant Leap, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ How do you come up with a really good line? How important are words when it comes to making history and what if the words are based on a lie? Conspiracy theory becomes reality in this play about the fake moon …

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August 14, 2015

Cabaret review: Dandy Darkly’s Trigger Happy!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Dandy Darkly’s Trigger Happy!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ Never have I been more grateful of a technical hitch than when Dandy Darkly wrapped the lead of his ipod around his 12-inch rattlesnake shoes and put an end to the horribly discordant musical backing track. We were, he …

Cabaret review: Dandy Darkly’s Trigger Happy!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Dandy Darkly’s Trigger Happy!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ Never have I been more grateful of a technical hitch than when Dandy Darkly wrapped the lead of his ipod around his 12-inch rattlesnake shoes and put an end to the horribly discordant musical backing track. We were, he …

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August 14, 2015

Theatre review: Waitless

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Waitless, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★ There are some interesting insights into how women use diet and exercise to control their emotions in this drama about an American couple who move to London. But the characters and the narrative are just neither believable nor interesting. A woman who …

Theatre review: Waitless

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Waitless, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★ There are some interesting insights into how women use diet and exercise to control their emotions in this drama about an American couple who move to London. But the characters and the narrative are just neither believable nor interesting. A woman who …

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August 13, 2015

Theatre review: Complex

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Complex, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★ A Japanese man desperate to find a job in the UK agrees to a job interview on Facetime. Sitting in front of an open laptop, he answers questions which show why finding employment is so important to him. He asks repeatedly, but …

Theatre review: Complex

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Complex, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★ A Japanese man desperate to find a job in the UK agrees to a job interview on Facetime. Sitting in front of an open laptop, he answers questions which show why finding employment is so important to him. He asks repeatedly, but …

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August 13, 2015

Theatre review: The Iraq Pack – Live from Das Vegas (or Dead)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: The Iraq Pack – Live from Das Vegas (or Dead), reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ It is a lonely life being a mass murderer and dictator – so it’s nice that Frank Sanazi has brought some friends with him to the Fringe. The world’s greatest Sinatra/Hitler impersonator has …

Theatre review: The Iraq Pack – Live from Das Vegas (or Dead)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: The Iraq Pack – Live from Das Vegas (or Dead), reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ It is a lonely life being a mass murderer and dictator – so it’s nice that Frank Sanazi has brought some friends with him to the Fringe. The world’s greatest Sinatra/Hitler impersonator has …

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August 13, 2015

Comedy review: Tina C : Herstory

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Tina C: Herstory, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith ★★★★ With her fragile body covered in rhinestones, a bright gleaming smile and snow-white tassels that reach almost to the floor, Tina C looks every inch a star. You can do anything you like to her, as long as you don’t …

Comedy review: Tina C : Herstory

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Tina C: Herstory, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith ★★★★ With her fragile body covered in rhinestones, a bright gleaming smile and snow-white tassels that reach almost to the floor, Tina C looks every inch a star. You can do anything you like to her, as long as you don’t …

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August 12, 2015

Comedy review: Henning Wehn: Eins, Zwei, DIY!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Henning Wehn: Eins, Zwei, DIY!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ If I tell you Henning Wehn spends a considerable portion of his show talking about mortgages and house prices it might put you off. But the German comic, who lives and works in the UK, has a unique …

Comedy review: Henning Wehn: Eins, Zwei, DIY!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Henning Wehn: Eins, Zwei, DIY!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ If I tell you Henning Wehn spends a considerable portion of his show talking about mortgages and house prices it might put you off. But the German comic, who lives and works in the UK, has a unique …

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August 12, 2015

Cabaret review: Ecce Homo

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Ecce Homo, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ With white clown face, rainbow eye makeup, white-blonde slicked-back hair, a loose pink shirt and pink tights this is an extraordinary creature we see before us. Dr Nick Phillips, aka international drag star Naughty Nickers, was diagnosed PWA – or Person …

Cabaret review: Ecce Homo

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Ecce Homo, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ With white clown face, rainbow eye makeup, white-blonde slicked-back hair, a loose pink shirt and pink tights this is an extraordinary creature we see before us. Dr Nick Phillips, aka international drag star Naughty Nickers, was diagnosed PWA – or Person …

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August 11, 2015
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