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Girl Constantly F***ing Interrupted

5 stars

Gilded Balloon Teviot (venue website)
4-30 Aug, 12:00pm (1:00pm)
Reviewed by Catherine Meek

I was drawn to this play by the writer-actress herself: in true Fringe style, she was doing her own PR and approached a crowd of us at the bus stop. Her impassioned plea to hear her story caught my attention, and her dramatic performance proved to be no less bewitching – the small audience was transfixed throughout the hour. She was passionate, entertaining and brave, more than demonstrating her capability as both a writer and a performer. “Have I got what it takes?” she asked, the very last line of her show. Yes; most definitely.

Belt Up's 'Odyssey'

2 stars

C soco (venue website)
4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30 Aug, 1:00pm (2:00pm)
Reviewed by Richard Stamp

Oh dear.  Usually, when Belt Up give a classic tale their trademark meta-theatrical makeover, they come up with something magnificent: a work which truly unpicks the essence of the story, throws open the doors of creativity and shares something wonderful and new.  But there’s always that slight sense of danger, of clinging to a runaway train which might come off the rails – and I fear that's what's happened with the Odyssey.

Kev Orkian - The Illegal Tour

5 stars

Underbelly, Cowgate (venue website)
Until 29 Aug, 7:05pm (8:05pm)
Reviewed by Trystan Davies

Music and laughter do travel, and Kev Orkian – The Illegal Tour leads the way.  His charming comedy alter ego needs a little help to settle in, but luckily this Armenian is the perfect guest. 


3 stars

theSpaces @ Surgeons Hall (venue website)
6 - 28 Aug (not 8, 15, 22), 3.05pm (3.55pm)
Reviewed by Catherine Meek

Although he suffers from a degenerative disorder, Paul Betney stands larger than life on stage.  That’s not just because he’s well over 6ft tall; his passion for life, and his commitment to raise awareness of Parkinson’s “disease” through rendition of his own life story, connect him with the audience straight away.  Particularly striking too was the obvious fact that he’s in his 40s, and therein lies part of his message: to challenge the popular assumption is that this is an illness which, if it strikes at all, strikes only very late in life.

Barbershopera - Apocalypse? No!

4 stars

Pleasance Dome (venue website)
Until 29 Aug, 10:55pm (11:55pm)
Reviewed by Richard Stamp

Angels, demons… and four-part harmony.  The guys and gal of Barbershopera have returned, with a new show that – while not as tight as its previous incarnations – will do more than enough to satisfy their legion of loyal fans.  There’ll be close-harmony singing, there’ll be outrageous rhymes, there’ll be heaps of witty banter… and you’d better make the most of your last show on Earth, for tonight, the Horsemen will ride.

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