Can I Stop You There? ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - Edinburgh Festival - 27 Aug 2016 "It’s fast, funny, weird and unpredictable – and it’s a great show to round off an evening at the Fringe." Read the review here > The Guilty Feminist ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - One4Review - 26 Aug 2016 "Mses. Hagen and Francis-White have excellent chemistry as hosts: their talents compliment rather than overlap or contradict...there was some lovely friendly (and funny) ribbing throughout." Read the review here > 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" /> Can I Stop You There? ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - Edinburgh Festival - 27 Aug 2016 "It’s fast, funny, weird and unpredictable – and it’s a great show to round off an evening at the Fringe." Read the review here > The Guilty Feminist ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - One4Review - 26 Aug 2016 "Mses. Hagen and Francis-White have excellent chemistry as hosts: their talents compliment rather than overlap or contradict...there was some lovely friendly (and funny) ribbing throughout." Read the review here > 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" />

Reviews

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5 Star Reviews

Katia Kvinge: Squirrel ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Student Newspaper – 28 August 2016
“…so diverse and on point that all comers are likely to find a good handful to tickle their funny bone.”
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Can I Stop You There? ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Edinburgh Festival – 27 Aug 2016
“It’s fast, funny, weird and unpredictable – and it’s a great show to round off an evening at the Fringe.”
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The Guilty Feminist ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 26 Aug 2016
“Mses. Hagen and Francis-White have excellent chemistry as hosts: their talents compliment rather than overlap or contradict…there was some lovely friendly (and funny) ribbing throughout.”
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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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Amy Howerska: Smashcat ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Comedy Coroner – 21 August 2016
“Amy’s self deprecation is hilarious, causing cackles all around we are witnessing a comedian at the height of her powers and deserves all the success which inevitably will come her way.”
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Erin McGathy: Love You Loudly ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Comedy Coroner – 21 August 2016
“Delivered with such energy and honesty…emotional and thought-provoking.”
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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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Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets Do Shakespeare ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Haxsyn – 21 Aug 2016
“…back with a whole new stand-up show and back on top form.”
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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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All Aboard the Marriage Hearse ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Edinburgh Fringe Review – 20 Aug 2016
“The pace, timing, and staging of ‘All Aboard the Marriage Hearse’ are all executed to perfection.”
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Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Reviews Hub – 20 Aug 2016
“…both easily relatable and outrageously funny.  Make sure you catch her.”
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Horse McDonald in Careful ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 19 Aug 2016
“Lynn Ferguson has done an outstanding job of writing this inspirational play that was superbly directed by Maggie Kinloch. Horse’s performance was sincere and very emotional, whilst also bringing in some humour along the way.
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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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Hess ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Theatre Extra – 16 Aug 2016
“Wow, what a show…An absolutely stunning one man play that leaves you with mixed emotions.”
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Grant Stott’s Tales From Behind the Mic ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Black Diamond 14 Aug 2016
“…one hour of brilliant storytelling.”
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One Day Moko ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 13 Aug 2016
“…one of the most emotionally engaging pieces of theatre you are likely to experience at Edinburgh this year…Tim Carlsen is exceptional.”
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Fin Taylor: Whitey McWhiteface ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – EdFest Mag – 13 August 2016
“Actively controversial and intelligently offensive…”
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The Remains of Tom Lehrer ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 13 Aug 2016
“If you love Lehrer, go see this show. If you love comedy songs in general, go see this show. If you love the odd dodgy rhyme, sharp wit, to learn something new, or just a spot of impressive piano playing, go see this show. Really, just go see this show.”
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Juliette Burton: Decision Time ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – FemaleArts – 12 Aug 2016
“This is a surprisingly romantic, solo comedy show which is an ode to choosing love and life whenever you can.”
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The Kinsey Sicks: Lady Cocks of Bang Boys ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Broadway World – 12 Aug 2016
“The vocals are excellent, the comedy is perfectly timed and this is one of the most fun nights out you’ll have at the Fringe.”
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Axis of Awesome: Won’t Ever Stop Not Giving Up ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Mirror – 11 Aug 2016
“If you weren’t into musical comedy before, you will be now – get your tickets now because they will sell out.”
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Scott Gibson: Life After Death ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Mirror – 11 Aug 2016
“An absolute pick of the Fringe.”
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Patrick Monahan: Pub Quiz For Kids ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Arts Award Voice – 11 Aug 2016
“A charismatic host, an excellent array of questions, well considered juvenile jokes, and a Dad Dance Off…Perhaps the best kids show at the Fringe is a show for kids and about kids.”
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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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Hess ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – EdinburghGuide – 10 Aug 2016
“Derek Crawford Munn displays complete mastery of this hugely challenging role…”
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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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Axis of Awesome: Won’t Ever Not Stop Giving Up ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – West End Wilma – 9 Aug 2016
“Not only do they write brilliant, catchy and hilarious songs, but they have a great chemistry on stage and left me wanting more.”
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And The Rope Still Tugging Her Feet ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Broadway Baby – 8 Aug 2016
“The rate at which [Caroline] Burns Cooke can make you laugh and bring you to tears is staggering and the audience is putty in her hands.”
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Frankenstein ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  – BroadwayBaby – 8 Aug 2016
“The entire production is immaculately crafted, well-cast and acted with feeling and a strong sense of unity among the cast.”
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Lucie Pohl: Apohlcalypse Now ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 6 Aug 2016
“Lucie is one of the must see performers of the Edinburgh Fringe, and again she did not disappoint.”
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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

Axis of Awesome: Won’t Ever Stop Not Giving Up ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ – The Reviews Hub – 21 August 2016
“…awesomely clever, awesomely talented and awesomely amazing.”
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Beth Vyse: As Funny As Cancer ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ – The Reviews Hub – 10 August 2016
“Vyse glides between comedic brilliance, energetic storytelling and dramatic silence with such grace that the audience is enveloped in the story.”
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Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets Do Shakespeare ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ – Liverpool Sound and Vision – 9 August 2016
“…a riot of respectful impertinence and one of the ultimate must see’s of the entire month of August.”
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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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Scott Agnew: I’ve Snapped My Banjo String, Let’s Just Talk ★ ★ ★ ★ – TV Bomb – 27 Aug 2016
“…a raw and intimate routine which deserves your full attention.”
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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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The Club ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Stage – 26 Aug 2016
“Aided and abetted by Joe Harmston’s tight direction, Murray and Farrelly keep the tension going while also getting the laughs…there’s a huge amount of promise in this one-acter and you can see this effortlessly expanded to TV.
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Tessa Waters: Over Promises ★ ★ ★ ★ – Across the Arts – 26 Aug 2016
“From the outset Waters assures us the next 50 minutes will be pure stupidity, and she certainly delivers in this excellent example of clowning.”
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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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Journeys ★ ★ ★ ★ – Ed Fringe Review – 26 Aug 2016
“…a flawlessly acted piece of physical theatre. In places it is hauntingly beautiful and moving but this is perfectly coupled with comical caricatures and slapstick style comedy.”
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Shane Todd: Holywood to Hollywood ★ ★ ★ ★ – What’s On Stage – 26 Aug 2016
“Shane is an excellent story teller and can make a tale about the most basic of subjects entertaining.”
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Journeys ★ ★ ★ ★ – Ed Fringe Review – 26 Aug 2016
“For anyone looking for physical comedy and some great storytelling, it is definitely worth your time.”
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Angel ★ ★ ★ ★ – What’s On Stage – 24 Aug 2016
“With Gibson, it’s comedy performed confidently and performed well.”
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Amy Howerska: Smashcat ★ ★ ★ ★ – Fringe Explosion – 24 Aug 2016
“Engaging performance and smart jokes from this EXPLOSIVE young act. See her now before she is huge.”
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Fin Taylor: Whitey McWhiteface ★ ★ ★ ★ – Fringe Explosion – 24 Aug 2016
“Provocative stand-up from this middle-class “honkey.””
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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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Animal: Are You a Proper Person ★ ★ ★ ★ – Three Weeks – 24 Aug 2016
“This is an infectious show that will have you roaring and singing to the tune of your own spirit animal.”
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Amy Howerska: Smashcat ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 24 Aug 2016
“This crazy, funny woman had me laughing from the minute she made her flamboyant entrance right to her equally exuberant finale.”
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Gillian Cosgriff: This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 24 Aug 2016
“…this cool as a cucumber Australian comic with an amazing singing voice royally entertained her audience with an eclectic mixture of comedy song all linked with some nicely observed comedy.”
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When You Improv Upon a Star ★ ★ ★ ★ – TV Bomb – 23 Aug 2016
“…for a family-friendly affair that guarantees laughs by the bucketload and a practiced outfit who know their improv ropes very well, it’s a joyous hour well spent.”
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The Guilty Feminist ★ ★ ★ ★ – Bouquets and Brickbats – 23 Aug 2016
“…as funny, challenging, emotional and demanding as regular listeners will have come to expect.”
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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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Kai Humphries: In Full Colour ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 23 Aug 2016
“…a wicked line of material and a cheeky chappy presence on stage.”
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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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Hess ★ ★ ★ ★ – TV Bomb – 22 Aug 2016
“Derek Crawford Munn is extraordinary as Hess. He ranges from the vulnerability of an elderly man to the terror of the politician responsible for the Nuremburg Laws. From the accent to minor physical twitches, he is utterly scrupulous with the details.”
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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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Darren Connell: Trolleywood ★ ★ ★ ★ – Ed Fest Mag – 22 Aug 2016
“…an almost flawless Fringe debut, Trolleywood is laugh-out-loud for the full hour.”
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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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Kai Humphries: In Full Colour ★ ★ ★ ★ – Broadway Baby – 22 Aug 2016
“…fantastically hard-hitting comedy…not to be missed.”
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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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Maddy Anholt: Rent Girl ★ ★ ★ ★  – Fest Mag – 21 Aug 2016
“The audience interaction bolsters Anholt’s puns, anecdotes and nineties kid nostalgia…”
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A Plague of Idiots ★ ★ ★ ★ – Across the Arts – 20 Aug 2016
“…they employ skills of clown, slapstick and physical comedy excellently.”
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A Pocketful of Grimms ★ ★ ★ ★ – Arts Award Voice – 20 Aug 2016
“The underlying story weaving the tales together is sweet and effortless interaction with the audience keeps children excited and intrigued.”
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Lucie Pohl: Apohlcalypse Now ★ ★ ★ ★ – Arts Award Voice – 20 Aug 2016
“It was a well-produced show, with great use of sound and music to dramatize the story. She exceeds in her performance through her acting and storytelling.”
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When You Improv Upon a Star ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Edinburgh Reporter – 20 Aug 2016
“…the audience absolutely loved it…this one really brought the house down…The cast also carries off the difficult task, perfected by Disney itself, of making the show accessible to children yet still intelligent and racy enough for adults.”
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Steve Richards’ Rock’n’Roll Politics ★ ★ ★ ★ – The National – 20 Aug 2016
“This is top-drawer, insider gold that ends far too soon.”
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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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Mule ★ ★ ★ ★ – FringeReview – 18 Aug 2016
“The brilliant and award-winning Kat Woods holds true to her reputation…The young actresses execute an incredibly versatile two-hander.”
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Frenchy: World’s Worst Adult ★ ★ ★ ★ – FringeReview – 18 Aug 2016
“Frenchy is a natural gift to the world, even if the world may be in shock for what it is about to receive.”
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Nath Valvo: Happy Idiot ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 18 Aug 2016
“A sparkling performance…Nath has such an expressive and comedic way of relating a story I could happily have listened to him for a lot longer.”
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Mike Ward: Freedom of Speech Isn’t Free ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 18 Aug 2016
“…a lot of funny, well thought-out material.”
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Mark Dolan ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 18 Aug 2016
“the style and delivery of Dolan is what makes the show a little special as his well thought out writing delivers laughs a plenty throughout the hour.”
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Macho Like Me ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 18 Aug 2016
“an extremely funny, entertaining hour which invokes a whole range of emotions.”
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Colin Hay: Get Rid of the Minstrel ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 18 Aug 2016
“…the talent of Hay and his band certainly was well received by everyone.”
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Elliot Steel: Netflix and Steel ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 18 Aug 2016
“Steel is a breath of fresh air who must be assured of a long and successful comedy career.”
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Hess ★ ★ ★ ★ – UK Theatre Web – 17 Aug 2016
“Entertaining and clever, this is a thought provoking piece of theatre.”
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Soul Nation: Choir on Fire ★ ★ ★ ★ – Broadway Baby – 17 Aug 2016
“With a mixture of pop, soul and gospel these guys really lift the roof off the place.”
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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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Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair ★ ★ ★ ★ – TV Bomb – 17 Aug 2016
“Unusual, bizarre and refreshing.”
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Patrick Monahan: That 80s Show ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 17 Aug 2016
“Monahan has always been a very watchable comic…a very funny show.”
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Wendy Wason: Tiny Me ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 17 Aug 2016
“Wendy is always a pleasure to watch, and I’m sure the audience could have listened to way more of her fund of tales than they enjoyed on the night.”
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Short & Curly: A Curly Night In ★ ★ ★ ★ – Broadway Baby – 16 Aug 2016
“The participative show has the audience laughing constantly, whether during the sketches or the hilarious stand-up type bits in between.”
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Fin Taylor: Whitey McWhiteface ★ ★ ★ ★ – i News – 16 Aug 2016
“…a serious talent with conviction and big jokes to spare.”
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Hess ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 15 Aug 2016
“This was a beautifully measured performance and the audience was in Hess’ thrall throughout the play. Derek Crawford Munn’s performance is a joy to behold.”
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Ria Lina: Dear Daughter ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 15 Aug 2016
“She is such a petite lady one could question how she can have so much comic ability and charisma packed in but rest assured she does. Definitely an hour well spent.”
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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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Maddy Anholt: Rent Girl ★ ★ ★ ★ – The List – 14 Aug 2016
“Maddy Anholt is a confident, lively and immediately personable comedian.”
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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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The Snow Queen ★ ★ ★ ★ – Broadway Baby – 14 Aug 2016
“…a heart-warming family show, with assured storytelling, smooth acting and some lovely songs…”
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Sweet Child of Mine ★ ★ ★ ★ – Broadway Baby – 14 Aug 2016
“Batten’s affable, self-deprecating stage persona contributes a sense of easy informality…The mixture of young and old meant that the cross-generational dialogue could involve the room at large…A thoughtful and well-evolved piece.”
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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 ★ ★ ★ ★ – Broadway Baby – 13 Aug 2016
“The dialogue is smart and snappy and the two performances are spot on.”
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One Day Moko ★ ★ ★ ★ – Edinburgh 49+3 – 13 Aug 2016
“Stylistically it’s very clever – absorbing, hard-hitting, and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before…a wonderful performance that really deserves to be seen.”
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Axis of Awesome: Won’t Ever Stop Not Giving Up ★ ★ ★ ★ – Edinburgh 49+3 – 13 Aug 2016
“This is a show which has a little of everything: comedy, tragedy, horrifying mask props – all wrapped up into a neat bundle by music which will be stuck in your head harder than a sniper shot.”
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Angela Wand: Wounded Animals ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Skinny – 12 Aug 2016
“humour as heartwarmingly honest as it is funny.”
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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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Nath Valvo: Happy Idiot ★ ★ ★ ★ – The To Do List – 12 Aug 2016
“A likeable guy…Valvo’s sometimes self-deprecating observations make him hard not to warm to and his brief sallies into dance are quite delightful.”
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Patrick Monahan: That 80s Show ★ ★ ★ ★ – Broadway Baby – 12 Aug 2016
“Monahan continues to break down audience-performer boundaries throughout his set, matchmaking and showing how conflicts can be resolved in an epic dance off.”
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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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The Club ★ ★ ★ ★ – Broadway Baby – 12 Aug 2016
“The script itself is a dark delight – crude, outrageous even a little bit beautiful. The dialogue is full of spark and a ribald, riotous joy to behold…This is playwriting with a maestro’s touch.”
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Treasure Island ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 11 Aug 2016
“…the quest was fun, engaging, and fast-paced, with the high energy of the cast sweeping the audience with them to the inevitable conclusion – treasure!”
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Scott Gibson: Life After Death ★ ★ ★ ★ – The List – 11 Aug 2016
“[Gibson] delivers constant big and hard laughs.”
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Beth Vyse: As Funny As Cancer ★ ★ ★ ★ – Arts Award Voice – 11 Aug 2016
“…the mix of fantasy, reality, darkness, humour and not-quite-sure provides the chance to really look at the standard response to cancer, and more widely ‘serious topics’ with the people we love.”
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Myra Dubois: Self AdMyra ★ ★ ★ ★ – Arts Award Voice – 11 Aug 2016
“Sharp tongue comedy wins over the audience. A mix of glitter, sarcasm and songs.”
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Ever Mainard: Let Me Be Your Main Man ★ ★ ★ ★ – Arts Award Voice – 11 Aug 2016
“It will surprise and amuse you in an as natural as unexpected way.”
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Juliette Burton: Decision Time ★ ★ ★ ★ – Arts Award Voice – 11 Aug 2016
“A very touching story, which joyfully makes us laugh and tenderly smile.”
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Scott Gibson: Life After Death ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 11 Aug 2016
“A born raconteur and a very funny man with great likeability, the confident but not arrogant, personality flowed from the stage from the very start.”
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Grant Stott’s Tales From Behind the Mic ★ ★ ★ ★ – One4Review – 11 Aug 2016
“There is no doubting his charisma and bonhomie.”
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Angel by Henry Naylor ★ ★ ★ ★ – Arts Award Voice – 11 Aug 2016
“Powerful and moving.”
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The Kinsey Sicks ★ ★ ★ ★ – Arts Award Voice – 11 Aug 2016
“The vocals were absolutely fantastic, and the humour was perfection.”
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Patrick Monahan: That 80s Show ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Mirror – 11 Aug 2016
“Patrick is a Fringe legend and it’s easy to see why.”
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Mike Ward: Freedom of Speech Isn’t Free ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Mirror – 11 Aug 2016
“Mike Ward will offend you like you’ve never been before – but you’ll absolutely love it.”
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Ria Lina: Dear Daughter ★ ★ ★ ★ – Arts Award Voice – 11 August 2016
“Ria has a natural ability for entertaining, shown both in her comedic skill and in her song-writing and performing, which had the audience laughing regularly…time just seemed to pass effortlessly.”
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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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Will Seaward: Magnificent Bastard ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Skinny – 10 August 2016
“He is the curator of the fantastically silly, prompting the audience to help create spontaneous sparks of comedic brilliance.”
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The Secret Garden ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Stage – 10 August 2016
“This talented young cast merits high honours for this enthralling, satisfying and at times moving production for all ages.”
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Out of Our Father’s House  ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Student Newspaper – 10 August 2016
“If you are in the mood to see a remarkably well-staged play filled with strong, inspiring women this production is a must.”
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The Snow Queen ★ ★ ★ ★ – Arts Award Voice 9 Aug 2016
“For a free-spirited show that puts a spin on the fairytales you thought you knew, go and see this show. It is ideal for young children.”
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Melbourne Ska Orchestra ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Edinburgh Reporter – 9 August 2016
“Don’t miss the chance to see this wonderfully talented and energetic band.”
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The Secret Garden ★ ★ ★ ★ – Broadway World – 9 August 2016
“The storytelling is magical and the little ones in the audience were enthralled from start to finish.”
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The Red Richardson Experience ★ ★ ★ ★ – The List – 8 August 2016
“He has some assured, hilarious writing that wins out over the grosser elements and his tetchy vulnerability is endearing.”
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Enter the Bagman ★ ★ ★ ★ – TV Bomb – 8 August 2016
“If you love nothing more than to laugh at silly caricatures, self-deprecating jibes and wacky turns of phrase, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better hour of zany comedy in the Fringe this year.”
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Ever Mainard: Let Me Be Your 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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Adventures of a Red Headed Coffee Shop Girl ★ ★ ★ ★ – Mumble Theatre – 4 August 2016
“It is just so bloody unique.”
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Being Norwegian ★ ★ ★ ★ – One 4 Review – 4 August 2016
“…a thoughtful, funny and moving discourse on isolation and the facades we choose to present to the world around us.”
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Mike Ward: Freedom of Speech isn’t Free ★ ★ ★ ★ – Ed Fest Magazine – 4 August 2016
“Ward manages to entertain the audience with his clever and dark humour. A must-see show that will leave you either speechless or in hysterics.”
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Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit ★ ★ ★ ★ – Broadway Baby – 4th August 2016
“Comedy that is well-balanced and deftly executed.”
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