Review: Courtney Act – The Girl From Oz, Fringe 2017

As I sit down to write this I wonder how much of my word count I can waste talking about Ru Paul’s Drag Race. The answer is probably a lot but in truth I’d rather focus on the wonderful show I’ve just seen. Things get off to a good start, opening with a rendition of Olivia Newton-John & ELO’s Xanadu while Courtney tumbles around the stage on a pair of red sequined rollerskates that I am more than a little jealous of.

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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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