Review: Barry Crimmins – Atlas’s Knees, Fringe 2017

Despite the reverence with which his name is spoken in comedy circuits, Barry Crimmins is not announced. He simply walks onto the stage with his glasses perched on his head and his notes. Occasionally, he leans against the wall, giving the show a tone of having the good fortune to have struck up a conversation with the most interesting guy at the party who was quietly hiding in the kitchen.

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Review: Shappi Khorsandi – Mistress and Misfit, Fringe 2017

“I have no social skills,” says Shappi Khorsandi as she talks with the audience members in the front row. Maybe it’s false modesty or just being harsh on herself but Khorsandi certainly isn’t lacking in the performance skills department. Her self-described “loud, booming voice” carries well but the message of her show, Mistress and Misfit, is frustratingly meandering.

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Review: The Rise And Fall Of Marcus Monroe, Fringe 2017

Marcus Monroe is on a mission. Juggling is a much under appreciated art form. He’s going to get it the attention it deserves – by almost any means necessary. But the landscape for performance is riddled with branding and social presence and “numbers”. You have to do more than one thing these days and as for Monroe, he not only juggles, but jokes, too.

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Review: Kiri Pritchard-Mclean – Appropriate Adult, Fringe 2017

“Saturday evening at the Fringe, you’ve probably either seen eight shows and hate comedy or you’re pissed,” says Kiri Pritchard-Mclean, speaking to my soul as I was very much in the former camp. Watching the corporate machine of the packed to the rafters Pleasance Courtyard complex churn on, as millennial yuppies on the quest for banter quaffed prosecco while cutting through the queue for the Attic, I can safely say that I hated everyone and everything.

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Review: Angela Barnes – Fortitude, Fringe 2017

Too few Fringe performers hand out leaflets containing their research materials as suggestions for further reading. Angela Barnes is a secret nuclear bunker obsessive and happened to spend her 40th birthday in one with her boyfriend, when the news that Donald Trump would be the next President of the United States came through loud and clear on the radio. Up until that point, Barnes had been enjoying the solitude provided by the concrete getaway and honoured by her boyfriend – but now it seemed that world events meant they were better off living there forever.

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