Edinburgh Fringe Festival Reviews Part 4

image Folks- this is the last post containing my Edinburgh Fringe Festival Reviews! I know you are all terribly disappointed that the incessant notification emails in your inboxes will cease…It has been an absolute pleasure and an honour to write for ThreeWeeks and I only hope I will do so again in the future. Thanks for changing my life Edinburgh.

ED Cabaret Review: Fascinating Aida: Charm Offensive

Charmingly offensive indeed. Poking fun at children, cheap airlines and the process of aging, amongst other things, the hilariously delightful ‘Fascinating Aida’ are back performing at the Edinburgh Fringe to full houses for yet another subsequent year. After watching their highly successful video on youtube, ‘Cheap Flights’ it’s impossible not to want to see them perform live, and they certainly don’t disappoint. Though attracting audiences and performing material primarily directed towards the middle aged group, the ladies are easy to appreciate at any age. Shockingly clever lyrics, witty banter, and much enthusiasm are just some reasons to attend their show. A talented trio you could easily watch again and again.

Underbelly @ Bristol Square until August 25
tw rating 5/5 [Keara Barnes]

ED Dance Review: 147 Questions

147 questions, one show. Some incredibly thought provoking, some vastly simple. 147 Questions was created by and stars performers Paul Davies and Catherine Bennett and was inspired by the book ‘The Interrogative Mood,’ a book which exclusively lists and proposes endless questions. This two person dance piece incorporates dialogue, audience participation and movement. While Paul asks the audience question after question, Catherine performs an accordant dance move. Despite Catherine’s obvious capabilities, I felt she did not display any impressive choreography and it would have been preferable to hear more insightful and intellectual questions from Paul. A creative and original idea for a production that needs to be developed more fully.

The Dance Base until August 16
tw rating 2/5 [Keara Barnes]

ED Musicals Review: How to Succeed at Business without really Trying

Performed by students of Durham University Light Opera Society, this fringe production is minimal but magnificent in terms of entertainment and qualify. The talented young ensemble are a joy to watch, perfectly casted and successfully mastering both choreography and singing. The musical centres around an ambitious young business man’s attempts to climb the corporate ladder through a series of clever manipulations as read from a ‘How To’ advice book. Various romantic entanglements and tricky situations along the way provide comic relief, as do the multiple musical numbers. The cast pull off some ambitious dance moves, and the overall timing and pacing was near perfect. Various bookshelves were used as a means of a set, however some further additions would have been wonderful.

C venues until August 16
tw rating 4/5 [Keara Barnes]

ED Theatre Review: Our Jackie

The mysteriously famous seventies television star Jackie Valentine has died. The opening of ‘Our Jackie’ finds his niece and her husband, sitting and waiting in a solicitors office to discuss the will. Sitting frustratedly, the couples relationship tension is apparent, a couples counsellor mentioned numerous times,made all the worse by the procrastinating lawyer. They learn other estranged family members will be arriving, who slowly trickle in, individuals anxious to learn about their potential inheritance. The details of Jackie’s will are revealed, through the medium of film, leaving family members in various states of satisfaction. Performed by students of University College London, this short amateur production is simple, amusing, and unaffecting. A young group with potential yet tremendous competition at Edinburgh.

Spotlites @ Merchants Hall until Aug 25
tw rating 2/5 [Keara Barnes]

ED Musicals Review: Siddhartha

A stunningly mesmerising spectacle. My mouth was agape from the start as the surreally beautiful performers energetically took to the stage, my eyes unsure of where to focus, the costumes, set projections, and choreography all vying for my attention. The story follows Siddhartha, a prince who has lived a life of decadence and privilege, shut behind palace walls. In search of something more meaningful he chooses to abandon the palace (and his pregnant wife!), to embark on a journey of self discovery. Named after the founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha the musical is pure entertainment, with stunning screen projections instead of a set, absurd subject matter, and complete decadence in every aspect.

Assembly rooms until
tw rating 4/5 [Keara Barnes]

Goodbye Edinburgh- it’s been life changing!

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