Review: John Shuttleworth – My Last Will & Tasty Mint, Fringe 2017

It was about midway through the show, during a discussion about how a dishcloth should never just be thrown out before being turned into a floor cloth first, that I felt myself give up. I just wasn’t into it at all, even though I knew and liked many of the songs that were played. A best-of collection of songs from his twenty-five year career, Shuttleworth’s show was aimed specifically at fans of his type of comedy. If I’m being honest, I’m surprised many of them are still alive.

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Review: Abigoliah Schamaun – Namaste, Bitches, Fringe 2017

The Fringe this year reminds me of No Face from Spirited Away; it seems intent on growing and growing and consuming all of Edinburgh. The problem with that is that some good acts fall between the cracks. Hell, I didn’t even know Milton Jones was on at this year’s Fringe and if someone who is on TV can’t cut through the noise to Joe Public, then what hope do smaller acts have?

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Review: Alice Fraser – Empire, Fringe 2017

Alice Fraser is already on stage as we come in, her back to the audience, as she waits for what must be nearly ten minutes for us all to take our seats. It’s sold out and 10pm on a Wednesday so the audience is a mix of young people, several generations of families, and groups of middle-aged men holding pints. The first thing we notice about Fraser is that she is dressed up like some sort of pantomime wicked witch with a penchant for S&M.

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Review: Robert White – InstruMENTAL, Fringe 2017

Robert White is an autistic, openly gay, musical wizard who delivers an opera that is drama turned to eleven. With a show entitled InstruMENTAL you’re correct to expect nothing less than wild operatics and utter musical abandon for an hour. I mean, it’s just drama, drama, DRAMA! – like watching an episode of RuPaul Drag Race but without the drag and only one contestant arguing with himself. You’re transported to a different world, like a Rick & Morty adventure in which most of the pop culture references are maybe twenty years old. It’s visual and aural chaos for sixty minutes.

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