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The Beta Males in... The Space Race
Published on Tuesday, 17 July 2012
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Pleasance Courtyard (venue website)
Comedy
1-13, 15-27 Aug, 5:45pm-6:45pm

 Recommended for age 12+ only.

Four-man comedy sketch troupes are a dime a dozen at Fringe time… but there’s something almost priceless about the Beta Males.  It’s not just that their material’s funny and zippy; what sets them apart is their ability to conjure crazily twisted, oddly credible worlds, and to spin their antics together in a sparkling narrative strand.

We’ve five-starred their Edinburgh productions for two successive years, and our comedy editor Craig Thomson gave 2011’s Train Job an appropriately first-class review.  It was almost cinematic, he wrote, in its inexorable storytelling – a comedy thriller which left its audience electrified.  The Space Race is a whole new show, but there’s a reassuring familiarity to its fast-paced theme; this time, rather than being trapped on a speeding locomotive, we’ll discover the untold history of Britain’s quest for the stars.

Happily, though, there’s nothing rushed about the Beta Males’ approach to Edinburgh; they’ve been previewing The Space Race for months now, with promising reviews from early appearances in Brighton and London.  And, just out, this entertaining YouTube video gives a sense of what to expect from our dashing pioneers.  They may be called The Beta Males, but they’re the alpha and the omega of Fringe sketch acts; we’ve strong hopes for another soaraway success this year.

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FROM OUR ARCHIVES

These are archived reviews of shows from Edinburgh 2012.  We keep our archives online as a courtesy to performers, and for readers who'd like to research previous years' reviews.

Edinburgh 2012 Five Stars

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Totally Tom


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The Magical Adventures of Pete Heat


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Bye Bye World


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Truth


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The House of Shadows


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Briefs


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Made for Each Other - Free


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Tony Law: Nonsense Overdrive


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Ivo Graham and Liam Williams


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Hannibal Buress: Still Saying Stuff


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The Blanks' Big Break


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A Clockwork Orange


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Richard Wiseman: Psychobabble


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Martin Mor: A Man You Donít Meet Everyday


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1984


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Swedenborg, the Devil and Me


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The Trench


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Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut


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Joyced!


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An Evening With Dementia


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Scott Agnew: Tales of the Sauna


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Comedian Dies in the Middle of Joke


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Chris Ramsey: Feeling Lucky


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The Horne Section - Live at the Grand!


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How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found


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The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle


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Songs of Lear


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Jonny Woo: Wonder Woo-Man


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Josie Long: Romance and Adventure


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10 Films With My Dad


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4.48 Psychosis


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As You Like It


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Appointment With The Wicker Man


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Jessie Cave: Bookworm


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Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels


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Hearts on Fire


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Rainbow


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Chris Dangerfield: Sex Tourist


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Chris McCausland: Not Blind Enough


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Chatroom


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Peacock & Gamble Don't Even Want To Be On Telly Anyway


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I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I'm Afraid to Tell You


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John Robertson - The Dark Room - Free


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Dr Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown and His Singing Tiger