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Virtuous Flock

3 stars

C soco (venue website)
4-21 Aug, 1:20pm (2:10pm)
Reviewed by Richard Stamp

Sometimes at the Fringe, you really want to like a show; you really expect to like a show; looking back, afterwards, you feel sure you really must have liked the show.  But when you’re honest with yourself, you have to admit that it left you rather cold.  I’m sorry to say it, but Virtuous Flock was that kind of play: despite a great idea and some fine performances, it just didn’t take off for me.

Jack Whitehall: Learning Difficulties

4.5 stars

Pleasance Courtyard (venue website)
Until 29 Aug, 7:15pm (8:10pm)
Reviewed by Craig Thomson

Jack Whitehall's had a busy time since his best-newcomer-nominated Fringe show last year.  As well as treading the well-worn route of TV talking heads, he's had a minor scandal on the front page of the News of the World to contend with.  Has he learnt anything from it though?

Allsopp and Henderson's The Jinglists

4 stars

Underbelly, Cowgate (venue website)
Until 29 Aug, 8:35pm (9:45pm)
Reviewed by Susannah Radford

Allsop and Henderson’s The Jinglists is a mad, mad show. It’s also intelligent and witty and rather discomfiting. 

Scottish Dance Theatre: The Life and Times of Girl A

3.5 stars

Zoo Southside (venue website)
Dance and Physical Theatre
7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21 Aug, 7:00pm (7:40pm)
Reviewed by Susannah Radford

SDT have always embraced the theatrical; it’s a trademark feature of the company.  Their works are emotionally charged, challenging and vigorous.  Choreographed by Ben Duke, The Life and Times of Girl A is the first SDT show I’ve seen that tells a story through theatre and the spoken word more than dance; and while there is humour in the telling, it lacks cohesion and the shades of emotion are best captured through the dance. 

Rainer Hersch's Victor Borge

4 stars

New Town Theatre (venue website)
5 - 29 Aug (not 11, 18, 25), 6:00pm (7:10pm)
Reviewed by Lee Zhuo Zhao

Victor Borge in his day was a massive sensation; at one point, the highest-paid entertainer in the world.  In my opinion, the main reason for his success was that he was the first person to combine the worlds of comedy and classical music, breaking down the stereotype that classical musicians were stuffy and lacking a sense of humour.  And then came Rainer Hersch.

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