This is like no performance I’ve ever seen. With a very relaxed atmosphere from the off and a beautifully constructed set (using real books!) the audience is immediately immersed, breaking the fourth wall utterly. This does not change throughout in the most delightful way.
It is one of the best parodies we’ve ever seen with exceptional writing and timing.
Two performers take on all roles with ease, never missing a beat and using minimalistic but highly effective props to do so, the narrative is woven easily.
This is a show that has to be seen. It does everything right and is worth every penny of the ticket price.
Well hello there! Here are the interview questions we asked at the EdFringe this year so if you got a care package from us but lost the questions (oh no!) or have just simply forgotten, (doh!)
FEAR NOT!!! They are here!
First thing’s first, tell our readers about yourself.
How did you get into doing what you do?
What have been the best part of the festival?
Have there been any horror stories?
Have there been any funny moments?
Do you have any hidden tallents?
What’s next for you after the Fringe?
Where can we see/hear your stuff?
Other than eating, name three things you would do with peanut butter.
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This show is filled with excellent full belly laugh humour and a sense of mischief from the off. Rosie works the crowd so well and has the audience hanging off her every word.
There is a sort of, poised chaos to the performance which intensifies the further in we get but it is shot through with warmth.
The use of silence is just as effective and needed as Fleeshman’s spoken word which itself incorporates surprising language usage which trips off her tongue effortlessly.
The piece encompasses what spoken word should be about.
It is brave, charged with emotion and inspiring and is topped off with a very unique voice that suits the tone and writing down to the ground. Close your eyes and you can hear her facial expressions and feel every word.
Narcissist In The Mirror leaves you wanting more and is one of the most beautiful ways to spend time with what I would class as a perfect ending.
If you haven’t seen it, you’re doing yourself a disservice.
The first and most important thing to say about Show Up, Peter Michael Marino’s latest one-man show, is that it is not written by nor is it about Peter Michael Marino. This show, as made clear on the flyer, is about the ‘shite life’ of the audience. This is a show that is completely new and fresh every day, written off the back of suggestions from the audience. Because of this, the show is brand new every day.
It would take a brave performer indeed to improvise an entire hour every day on their own. It would take an incredibly funny and intelligent performer to be able to do this. Luckily, Peter Michael Marino is a performer of great intelligence, wit and enough energy to light up the entirety of The Counting House (I think. I’m not an electrician but that seems about right).
The first half of the show is that set up for the improvisation. Peter has eight post-it notes with categories written on them such as ‘Family’, ‘Addiction’ and ‘Childhood’. He takes suggestions from the audience based on these categories, segueing into his own tales then back to the people in the room. This helps draw the crowd in on an immediately personal level. All of these suggestions build towards the second-half, which is a traditional ‘one-man show’, which perfectly parodies the melo-drama of the form. The inclusive feel in the room is extended when he choose audience members to direct the play and the sound-scaping.
Peter is a deeply engaging performer who always leaves the crowd with a message. This will be the same message I will leave you with here. Just Show Up. You will never see this show again, and you don’t want to miss out!
Wisebowm is an urban poet whose struggle is real – the struggle with being the country’s leading urban poet. The struggle with working the nine to five. The struggle with trying to impress the right woman and please his friends and family. This is a musical about struggle.
Steve Whiteley has created a deeply likeable character in Wisebowm, a crackling parody of the faux ‘urban kid rap poet’, with pretensions of being ‘gangsta’ yet actually being achingly middle-class. Steve has perfectly identified the attitude and intricacies of these characters and presented them in a fresh way, via an engaging premise. I have seen many parodies of this type of character before, but have never seen it so well done.
The premise is a musical based around Wisebowm’s last year, and the struggles he has faced. Steve Whiteley uses the poems and music weaved together exceptionally within the narrative, and his performance absolutely fills the room. There is no ignoring Wisebowm when he is in full flow. The production of the music is also stand-out – the music and SFX all timed to comedic perfection.
I never like to make comparisons of one thing to another in these reviews but the narrative of The Struggle is Real, the music and poetry put me in mind of The Streets’ A Grand Don’t Come For Free (a personal note to Mr. Whiteley – I really apologise if this is off the mark of your intentions for the show. That really is one of my favourite albums and you have done a stellar job of parodying it!) Go and see Wisebowm while he is still tearing up the Edinburgh streets with his rhymes. You’ll be his next biggest fan!
As the title of the show would suggest, this is an hour of comedy about relationships brought by Marjolein Robertson from the Shetlands to Edinburgh. From the first moments, with Marjolein comparing her relationship with her Dutch Mother to Brexit, it is clear that she has a natural talent for bringing large-scale issues down to a very personal level, and also amplifying the personal in a great way.
Marjolein has a great stage presence, immediately bringing the audience into her world in a warm and engaging manner. Even when the types of relationships talked about are a little [rude], the crowd is never made to feel uneasy – Marjolein can take the ultra-personal and the sometimes dark and use her intelligences, emotional and comedic, to craft a set full of laughs.
All of this and we are treated to a glimpse of how the BBC series Shetland really should have been written! This is a show that has got something for everyone.
I sometimes find it hard to write a review of a spoken word show, especially a review of one by someone as talented and wordly-gifted as Attila – mostly because I get so drawn into the performance and the poems (and a little because I get very envious of the talent.)
It is with a heady mix of the two that I sit to write this review of Undaunted, the Stockbroker’s Edinburgh show in the iconic Bannerman’s. There could not have been a more perfect venue for this punkiest and rockiest of punk-rock poets. This was a quintessential spoken word set – with poems ranging from the political, the NHS, Trump, Grenfell to the deeply personal, of of which was interspersed with laughs, hard-hitting truths and an honesty which drew the audience in. Attila knows exactly how to work a crowd’s emotions, crafting a set and a flow of poems that twists and turns, leaving the audience in pieces afterwards.
All of that is not to mention the words themselves. I could try and be poetic here, describing the man’s talent in a manner befitting the man himself but I doubt I could do him justice so I will leave it with 3 sentences and 3 words: Attila. Is. Phenomenal.
If one-line comedy were a religion, then Mark Simmons would be a Jedi Master of the craft. I have often thought that it must take an incredible mind to write a complete hour of clever, daft and whimsical word-play. Mark displays the very best of a sharp, quick-firing mind right from the very first moment of this show – he walks amongst the audience with a bag of popcorn, offering it the those gathered. Mark then riffs a few jokes from a quick chat with the various people taking the snack.
This is an hour of comedy of the highest standard, with Mark weaving quick one-line jokes, physical jokes and puns with something I have never seen at a comedy show of this ilk before – a longer narrative, which I will not reveal here but was hugely impressive. Every moment tied together, from start to finish in a set that demonstrates Mark’s ability to play with the form.
This intelligence and awareness comes along with some of the easiest charm to be found in comedy today.
Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I am going to say this nice and early in the review – Dave Chawner is possibly the nicest person performing on the circuit today.
He is also one of the most thought-provoking comedians I have ever seen. This year’s show, C’est La Vegan, is about his personal transition from being a vegetarian to becoming a vegan. Along the way, he delivers very personal comedy about his family, girlfriend and growing up. The laughs comes thick and fast and he has an innate understanding of how to craft a punchline full of cheek and glee. His jokes are often grounded in reality with splashes of absurd imagery to keep the audience guessing – I, for one, can never tell where Dave is going to take an idea but I know that I will be laughing my proverbial off when I arrive.
In amongst the rapid-fire comedy, Dave always delivers a message. He is not afraid to tackle issues such as anorexia, fat-shaming, mental health issues. No matter what he is talking about, it is always handled with a sensitivity and charm that easily disarms any audience and leaves them with ideas and thoughts to take away.
My favourite part of the show was when he was talking about the ideas of Spinoza, the philosopher that inspired him to make the changes he has made. Until this point, the language Dave used spoke to a high deal of intelligence. Then, talking about Spinoza, the language breaks into street – Spinoza done a lot of writings and shit, according to Chawner. This had me in ruins laughing. I wouldn’t normally reveal this much about a show but I really had to!
I shall repeat what I said at the start. Dave Chawner is one of the nicest people performing comedy today. His easy charm, wit and overall loveliness create a phenomenal atmosphere in the room. Go along and get swept away.
Dave Chawner – C’est La Vegan.