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The List Operators for Kids
5

5 stars

Pleasance Courtyard (venue website)
Childrens
Until 29 Aug, 2:30pm (3:25pm)
Reviewed by Craig Thomson

I enjoyed The List Operators last year, as an afternoon show in the grown-up comedy section of the programme.  But their trademark silliness, love of wordplay and physical comedy, really shine through in this raucous show for kids.

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Political Animal
4.5

4.5 stars

The Stand Comedy Club (venue website)
Comedy
9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26 Aug, 11:59pm (1:30am)
Reviewed by Mathilda Gregory

I was listening to a cassette of The Best of Not the Nine O Clock News on the long car ride to Edinburgh, and I was surprised by how many of the jokes were about politics.  We just don't have much of that type of comedy on UK TV anymore.  So I jumped at the chance to review Political Animal, a late night-showcase of political stand up.  Could political comedy be making a comeback?  Could that be the strange silver lining of the Tories being back in power?

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It is Rocket Science! V2
4.5

4.5 stars

Gilded Balloon Teviot (venue website)
Comedy
6-30 Aug (not 10), 1:15pm (2:15pm)
Reviewed by Mathilda Gregory

Helen Keen is just lovely: bumbling and enthusiastic.  This show about the history of space travel feels like a lecture given by a young fogey of a professor... a lecture, yes, but also very funny.  Keen is a decent stand-up, with solid material and jokes twined around her science story.

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Velocity
3.5

3.5 stars

Dance Base - National Centre for Dance (venue website)
Dance and Physical Theatre
11 - 22 Aug (not 16), times vary
Reviewed by Susannah Radford

Velocity, while active, didn’t quite live up to its name.  Made up of a double bill by Irish Daghdha Dance Company and UK based Pair Dance/Harriet Macauley, it was a show of two halves; the former more of a meandering exploration, the latter an energy eruption.

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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
5

5 stars

Gilded Balloon Teviot (venue website)
Comedy
6-29 Aug (not 18), 10:50pm (12:00am)
Reviewed by Lee Zhuo Zhao

For those of you not familiar with premise of Showstopper, let me bring you quickly up to speed. A writer has an hour to come up with a musical from scratch, to meet a deadline set by an unseen producer. So – armed with suggestions taken from the audience for the theme, starting location, song styles and title –  the writer directs the "showstoppers" as they set about improvising a brand new musical, all done on the night before your very eyes.

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These are archived reviews of shows from the Edinburgh Fringe 2010.  We keep our archives online as a courtesy to those we've featured, and for readers who'd like to research previous years' reviews.

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