Comedy review: This Is Your Trial
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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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 and court usher Tiernan Douieb preside over three cases.

There is a woman who has stolen her best friend’s last chocolate biscuit, a man who has annoyed his girlfriend by refusing to take part in audience participation in Fringe shows and a medical student who has set off a fire alarm with a smoke machine during a performance in a hospital.

Prosecutor Trevor Lock harangues the accused in a good natured fashion, suggesting the audience should find them guilty of their crimes.

Defence lawyer Rachel Parris probably should have laid off the Chardonnay before the performance.

This was not really her sharpest hour.

Members of the audience are pulled in to act as official court Tweeter and court sketch artist and also as the jury, deciding who has argued most convincingly and whether the accused should be found guilty or not guilty.

On this occasion, not surprisingly, Trevor Lock won two out of three cases and was declared the winner.

Assembly George Square Theatre (Venue 8) until 30 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 14 August 2015

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