Edinburgh Fringe Festival Reviews Part 3

imageWell- I’m still chugging along! Copius amounts of coffee helps get me through the day…as well as my insane love for this place. Here are another 5 reviews from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival…

ED Musicals Review: Out of the Lens

An attempted change in perspective, a quick narrowing focus, a capturing of a moment. ‘Out of the Lens’ is a new musical, a world premiere in fact, that focuses on two characters attempting to find and define themselves within their own realities. The initial connection is made at a coffee shop, and progresses into a work related photoshoot, through which a relationship develops between the two men. Andrew Walker and Guy Woolf star in this two hander as two young men from vastly different backgrounds. Guy gives a natural and charming performance as Joseph, while Andrew’s singing dominates his performance. A story of friendship, of overcoming prejudice, and of acceptance. An amateur production with promising performers.

Sweet Grassmarket until Aug 24
tw rating 3/5 [Keara Barnes]

ED Comedy Review: The Walking Dead

Stay inside. Lock your doors. Run the bath. These are just three starter tips on how to survive, what some would say is the inevitable, zombie apocalypse. Comedian Dan Willis takes audiences through a short history of zombie representations in cult film and television shows, and describes the necessary step on how to survive a zombie attack in real life. Through audience suggestion a survival team is chosen and ideal weapons discussed. With humorous antecdotes from his real life, Dan Willis has an informal, easy air about him and is a pleasure to watch. A lighthearted, free and funny show for all fans of The Walking Dead, Zombieland, or just zombies in general.

The Liquid Room until Aug 24
tw rating 4/5 [Keara Barnes]

ED Comedy Review: BongoLicious

A welcome lesson in history is undoubtedly taken from Njambi McGrath’s production of ‘BongoLicious.’ Commencing as a comedy act and concluding as a drama, it is difficult to classify the show as one or the other. Njambi takes the audience on a journey of her life growing up in Africa and, in turn, her family’s background and history. A horrible history in parts, taking place in British ruled gulags in Kenya, where Africans were tortured, raped and killed. She expresses her fury and emotion over the hardships her people and country went through, at times perhaps a bit forced, while slipping a joke or two in between. With beautiful interludes of African song and dance, Njambi is a big personality whose heritage and cultural identity make her an interesting upcoming performer.

Just the Tonic @ The Mash House until Aug 22
tw rating 3/5 [Keara Barnes]

ED Musicals Review: Austen

Jane Austen is one of the most renowned female authors in history, penning such classic literary love stories as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. The author famously never married however, despite having numerous relationships; ‘Austen’ is a new musical examining these various love interests in her life, before her untimely death at the age of 41. The production alternates between past and present and follows Jane’s struggle to attain publication in an industry and historical period ruled by men. A wonderful performance by Annie Kirkman as Jane, and a hilariously varied one by Toby Osmond hold the show. A short, simple musical that, despite being charming, unfortunately fails to excite or inspire.

The Space on the Mile until Aug 16
tw rating 3/5 [Keara Barnes]

ED Theatre Review: My name is Saoirse

If you are looking for a humorous and heartwarming small scale production this festival, you’ve found it. From Ireland’s Sundays Child Theatre Company, ‘My name is Saoirse’ centres around a young girl growing up in county Limerick. Starting in her childhood and easing into her adolescence, the piece is beautifully written, striking a mesmerising balance of touching and funny moments. The talented Eva O’Connor plays the part to perfection, convincingly portraying a young girl in the midst of a difficult transition. By making constant eye contact with the audience she reinforces the narrative, deepening the connection between actor and audience. She alternatives throughout between the first person and various impersonations of family and friends, adding just the right amount of theatricality to an otherwise sombre story. A truly captivating performance.

Scottish storytelling centre until Aug 19
tw rating 5/5 [Keara Barnes]

again- more coming soon!

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