2016 Reviews

This year we received some seriously fabulous reviews for our fantastic line up of shows. Below is only the highlights!

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5 Star Reviews

Axis of Awesome: Won’t Ever Not Stop Giving Up ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – TV Bomb – 24 Aug 2016
“For extraordinarily clever lyrics, fantastic set-pieces and an easy onstage banter, Axis of Awesome prove themselves to yet again be the premier musical comedy troupe at the Fringe.”
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The Noise Next Door ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Stage – 22 Aug 2016
“It is delightfully silly at times, very clever at others but totally entertaining for all ages throughout.”
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Mule ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Stage – 22 Aug 2016
“Woods as a writer has a good nose for picking issues that work on stage, while as director she has the ability to bring out the best in her actors…compelling performances.”
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Scott Agnew: I’ve Snapped My Banjo String, Let’s Just Talk ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Chortle – 21 August 2016
“Rudely, hysterically funny and brutally, touchingly honest this is not a show for the faint-hearted, but for the tender-hearted. This is autobiographical, explicit comedy at its pinnacle.”
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Aunty Donna: New Show ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Three Weeks – 21 Aug 2016
“This is superb mayhem that is, quite simply, not to be missed.”
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Tommy Tiernan: Out of the Whirlwind ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Ed Fest Mag – 21 Aug 2016
“…brilliant stand-up comedy that entertains and leaves you feeling great no matter what.”
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Burnistoun ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Ed Fest Mag – 18 Aug 2016
“The hilarious combo keep a high level of laughs from start to finish…a superb sketch show and a truly authentic Scottish comedy experience.”
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Shakin’ Shakespeare ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Broadway Baby – 18 Aug 2016
“Full of great tunes, endless moments of hilarity and an incredibly talented cast both in terms of their acting ability, their comedic delivery and timing, and their real musicality, Shakin’ Shakespeare is possibly one of the best children’s shows at the Fringe this year.”
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Fin Taylor: Whitey McWhiteface ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – EdFest Mag – 13 August 2016
“Actively controversial and intelligently offensive…”
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Scott Gibson: Life After Death ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Mirror – 11 Aug 2016
“An absolute pick of the Fringe.”
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Horse McDonald in Careful ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – TV Bomb – 10 Aug 2016
“For those with no previous cultural reference of Horse, her voice might be compared to Annie Lennox, Alison Moyet or Rumer. She’s a talented singer with a voice like melting chocolate.”
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Angel by Henry Naylor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Times – 9 Aug 2016
“…you don’t need props to tell a story this powerful. I would see it again, in an instant.”
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Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  – Ed Fest Magazine – 5 August 2016
“…a diamond in the rough.”
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Angel by Henry Naylor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  – Ed Fest Magazine – 4 August 2016
“…a compelling, thought-provoking, symbolic piece of theatre.”
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The Club ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Ed Fest Magazine – 4 August 2016
“Prepare to be impressed by the show’s rough surrealist wit, providing humour that not only ignites laughter, but effectively evokes deeper cultural human concerns.”
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½ Star Reviews

Fin Taylor: Whitey McWhiteFace ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ – Chortle – 8 August 2016
“Shifting perspectives and unmasking truths is all very noble, but Taylor makes it brutally funny, too.”
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Burnistoun: Live At The Fringe ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ – Shortcom – 4 August 2016
“Sketches are fluid and fast…highly recommended.”
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4 Star Reviews

Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit ★ ★ ★ ★ – Chortle – 28 Aug 2016
“Zoe Lyons is on top of her game: in command of her material, her audience and her stage.”
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A Plague of Idiots ★ ★ ★ ★ – Broadway Baby – 27 Aug 2016
“Utterly stupid and equally brilliant.”
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Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair ★ ★ ★ ★ – Broadway Baby – 27 Aug 2016
“The cast is an incredibly strong and well-oiled machine, bringing charisma and chemistry to every interaction.”
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Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit ★ ★ ★ ★ – Three Weeks – 27 Aug 2016
“…an hour of intelligent observations and hilarious character comedy.”
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Scott Gibson: Life After Death ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Guardian – 27 Aug 2016
“…blunt, cheerfully anti-pretentious and with a real savour for the comedy of life’s unglamorous underside.”
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Colin Hay: Get Rid of the Minstrel ★ ★ ★ ★ – Broadway Baby – 27 Aug 2016
“This is a great show to delve into if you want to get a broad overview of the artist’s work. For fans of Colin Hay, it strikes a perfect balance between the new and the familiar.”
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The M.M.O.R.P.G. Show ★ ★ ★ ★ – Three Weeks – 26 Aug 2016
“It’s ‘Dungeons and Dragons’-themed improv, peppered with in-jokes and revelling in its gleeful, geekish absurdity.”
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Nath Valvo: Happy Idiot ★ ★ ★ ★ – Chortle – 26 Aug 2016
“Valvo is a born crowd-pleaser and you can see why he’s earned his best newcomer nomination in the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.”
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Scott Gibson: Life After Death ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Skinny – 24 Aug 2016
“With Gibson, it’s comedy performed confidently and performed well.”
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The Snow Queen ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Times – 23 Aug 2016
“There aren’t many Fringe theatre shows that can truly be said to offer something for all ages…”
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Justin Moorhouse: People and Feelings ★ ★ ★ ★ – British Theatre Guide – 23 Aug 2016
“Moorhouse’s hilarious storytelling combined with a quick wit in response to audience reaction makes for a great show.”
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Horse McDonald in Careful… ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Stage – 23 Aug 2016
“McDonald reaches deep to find a piece of living history that speaks directly and with life-affirming clarity.”
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Zoe Lyons ★ ★ ★ ★ – The List – 23 Aug 2016
“Lyons is an exuberant, fast-thinking and intelligent performer, whose set is incisive and hilarious no matter where her focus lies.”
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Vir Das: The Dishonest Indian ★ ★ ★ ★ – The List – 23 Aug 2016
“It’s easy to see why millions love him. He’s a handsome, witty and confident performer…”
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Alistair McGowan ★ ★ ★ ★ – Ed Fest Mag – 22 Aug 2016
“… a show of impression bits on Brits that will leave you in stitches.”
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Ria Lina: Dear Daughter ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Scotsman – 22 Aug 2016
“This show is beautifully constructed and Ria Lina is a punchy performer…I guarantee you will laugh a lot.”
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The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Scotsman – 22 Aug 2016
“That’s the way to do it.”
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The Kinsey Sicks: Lady Cocks of Bang Boys ★ ★ ★ ★ – Fest Mag – 21 Aug 2016
“Parodies of well known tunes get the biggest laughs, but it’s the quartet’s self penned material that demonstrates the extent of their talent and evokes notions of a queer folk music.”
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Hess ★ ★ ★ ★  – Fest Mag – 21 Aug 2016
“…Burrell’s script combined with Munn’s performance is mesmerising and it is easy to lose yourself in the performance. A thought-provoking play that really makes you consider the human behind one of the most senior men in the Nazi party.”
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Alistair McGowan: 12th Impressions ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Times – 20 Aug 2016
“A real pro at work…Here, he is just doing what made him a star in the first place.”
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Ed Gamble: Stampede ★ ★ ★ ★ – Ed Fest Mag – 19 Aug 2016
“The comic never falters in his creative and clever humour that leaves the audience in stitches.”
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Myra Dubois: Self Admyra ★ ★ ★ ★ – Ed Fest Mag – 19 Aug 2016
“…most of all, her comedic timing that never misses a beat. From the egotistical subject of herself to current affairs, Myra will make you think deeply even in the midst of mirth.
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Colin Hay: Get Rid of the Minstrel ★ ★ ★ ★ – The List – 17 Aug 2016
“An enjoyably laidback, thoughtful and sweary host…”
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Scott Gibson: Life After Death ★ ★ ★ ★ – Chortle – 15 Aug 2016
“The most I’ve laughed this week is in Scott Gibson’s snortingly hilarious hour…It’s a superb debut hour, with polished storytelling holding the audience in thrall from start to finish.”
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Keep Out of My Box ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Sunday Times – 14 Aug 2016
“…a hilarious yet moving show which despite — or actually, in spite of — the reality it addresses, is rebelliously upbeat and proud of it.”
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Tommy Tiernan: Out of the Whirlwind ★ ★ ★ ★ – The List – 14 Aug 2016
“A potent mix of logic and lunacy.”
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Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Times – 14 Aug 2016
“Zoe Lyons has always had a jagged edge…”
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The Kinsey Sicks ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Scotsman – 12 Aug 2016
“The dialogue is smart and snappy and the two performances are spot on.”
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zazU: Raisins to Stay Alive ★ ★ ★ ★ – Three Weeks – 12 Aug 2016
“When I laugh a lot I cry, and these guys left me in hysterics; I really shouldn’t have been wearing mascara. It’s silly, strange and, of course, very, very funny.”
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The Snow Queen ★ ★ ★ ★ – The List – 12 Aug 2016
“…a nicely-rounded, high quality show.”
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Wendy Wason: Tiny Me ★ ★ ★ ★ – Broadway Baby – 12 Aug 2016
“From the flashes of dark humour, the friendly neighbour feel, and the uplifting end of the show, it’s an enjoyable hour.”
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Grant Stott’s Tales From Behind the Mic ★ ★ ★ ★ – Broadway Baby – 10 August 2016
“Delivered with pace and comic expertise…the audience lapped it up.”
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Fin Taylor: Whitey McWhiteface ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Skinny – 10 August 2016
“Taylor’s main talent is drawing the crowd in and then flipping expectations.”
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Scott Agnew: I’ve Snapped My Banjo String, Let’s Just Talk ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Skinny – 10 August 2016
“Bouncing from one drug and booze-fuelled disaster to another, he takes us to places few people would willingly enter.”
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r Main Man ★ ★ ★ ★ – The List – 5 August 2016

“Ever Mainard’s authentic, home-cooked character is full of contradiction and charm, and her wise, white-trashy voice is a welcome one.”
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Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Stage – 5 August 2016
“A masterclass in serious theatre for older children.”
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