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Tag: Pleasance Courtyard

The Life Sporadic of Jesse Wildgoose – Pleasance Courtyard
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The Life Sporadic of Jesse Wildgoose – Pleasance Courtyard

Voloz Collective is known for its experiments in physical theatre, and after The Man Who Thought He Knew Too Much, they returned to the Fringe with a completely different performance. The Life Sporadic of Jesse Wildgoose is a coming-of-age story set in the world of finance during the famous 2007-2008 crisis. However, the story is not very conducive to a physical theatre performance, unlike The Man Who Thought He Knew Too Much, which blends thriller, adventure, and comedy seamlessly. The Life Sporadic of Jess Wildgoose centres around the journey of Jess Wildgoose, a young American idealist who ventures to New York City with aspirations of finding success in the bustling financial district. Throughout her odyssey, she becomes entangled with the wolves of Wall Street, absorbing life's...
Lachlan Werner: Voices of Evil – Pleasance Courtyard
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Lachlan Werner: Voices of Evil – Pleasance Courtyard

"Voices of Evil " had me on the edge of my seat from the moment I entered the eerie venue. However, the water guns on the chairs threw me off, I had no idea what to expect. The show commenced with a spine-chilling "boo," immediately getting everyone's attention. The clever use of light effects and smoke further heightened the sense of mystery. A character in white face paint came out and introduced himself as Lachy alongside a witch puppet, this dynamic duo would be the centre of the ritual about to take place. The performance wasn't just a monologue; it was a dialogue that had the audience laughing at every spat between the two. But it wasn't all laughter; it was a ritual. The interaction with the audience was brilliant, drawing us into the supernatural story. The question e...
Mark Watson – Pleasance Courtyard
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Mark Watson – Pleasance Courtyard

Mark Watson's stand-up was an experience that began with a unique twist, we started a bit late, and Watson was in the audience, seating people. The venue was buzzing with energy as Watson effortlessly engaged with the sold-out crowd, leaving no doubt that his reputation as a naturally funny comedian was well-deserved. Seamlessly blending prepared material with improvisation, the show's modern touches, such as hologram acts and discussions around the impact of COVID, reflected his adaptability to the changing times. Watson's ability to navigate through topics as diverse as divorce, parenthood, and technology advancements showcased his versatility as a storyteller. Watson's humour truly shone when he recounted anecdotes about tech advancements, and his son's curious encounters. On...
Kirsty Mann: Skeletons – Pleasance Courtyard
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Kirsty Mann: Skeletons – Pleasance Courtyard

Under the captivating pink lights, I found myself amidst a sold-out crowd, waiting for Kirsty Mann's show. As the remix of pop songs set the tone, a voiceover boomed over the speakers. Mann's socially awkward interactions, presented through her relatable character comedy. Her wit was quick which created an atmosphere of shared hilarity. Whilst there was no direct audience interaction, Mann's relatable stories had everyone nodding in agreement. Mann skilfully built up her routine, weaving in accents that left the audience waiting for more. Also, a doctor by profession, she seamlessly integrated her medical experiences into her comedy act. She recounted the time she had to get changed in the back of a taxi, this, and many more antics of being both a doctor and a comedian. Addre...
Box Show – Pleasance Courtyard
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Box Show – Pleasance Courtyard

I went into the venue for The box show not really knowing what to expect apart from the presence of a box, as I walked in, that was exactly what was there, a big black box raised off the ground with 4 doors on the front. An upbeat pop song was playing, and without sounding too much like Brad Pitt in Seven, I found myself wondering "what's in the box?" The show started as the lights went low and a booming voice over came on introducing Cheryl, she flung open all four doors and was sat inside the box in her own little disco. She started her crazy dance moves and antics - popping pills, downing drinks and buying a cat. You'd be wrong if you guessed which one was more dangerous for her. The lights went off and the box was closed, this happened many times to switch scenes, this was k...
Hello Kitty Must Die – Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance 2
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Hello Kitty Must Die – Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance 2

Following the global phenomenon that was ‘Six’, hatched right here at the fringe six years ago, the same Tony-winning production team are doubling down on this Musical, a mash-up of Asian Feminism with a killer’s touch. Unfortunately, this looks more like a show in development rather than the finished article. Not only is the action slow and dull, the acting and singing are not much better. Starting like a modernised version of Six with five American performers of East Asian origin, standing in formation, clad all in black, it aims, it claims, to demystify the Western myth of the ‘Hello Kitty’ trope. Erm, okay… I am already bored, and we are not even through the opening number. The show proceeds to tell the story of Fiona Yu (Sami Ma) a 30-year-old American Lawyer, and virgin...
Lash – Bunker Three, Pleasance Courtyard
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Lash – Bunker Three, Pleasance Courtyard

Lash, written by Philip Stokes, and performed by Jack Stokes, was the most impressive thing I’ve seen at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Written in lyrical, rhyming verses, it tells the story of a young man, Sonny, on a night out after work. Philip Stokes has crafted a remarkable script, which seamlessly blends comedy, tragedy and political commentary whilst never losing our protagonist’s voice. Despite speaking in rhyme, Sonny feels real and relatable. He’s working a job he doesn’t like, with people he has little in common with, and just wants to escape the harsh realities of existence with a good night out. Throughout the night, Sonny has run ins with drug dealers, colleagues and the local homophobic and toxically masculine ‘hard men’. Each of these encounters reveal something new ab...
Ania Magliano: I Can’t Believe You’ve Done This – Pleasance Courtyard
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Ania Magliano: I Can’t Believe You’ve Done This – Pleasance Courtyard

This was – Very Funny, and very relatable! I have to be honest; I don’t know quite how she does it. She instantly puts the audience at ease with her laid-back delivery and razor sharp mind. The anecdotes and one-liners are faultless, there is no pause. And she is always funny. Even ad-libbing when a phone rings or when a hair clip gets caught in her shoe – which becomes a trophy to win for the best audience member – unfortunately it wasn’t me, not laughing hard enough! There is almost no point in writing this review and sending it to my editor, after all - she is completely sold out. What’s the point? But put it in your diary for next year. Make a fridge magnet, write a post-it note, write it into your iPhone Calendar, become a Fringe Reviewer for fecks sakes!…. get creative. Ju...
Music – Bunker Three Pleasance Courtyard
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Music – Bunker Three Pleasance Courtyard

I was serenaded and handed a croissant as I walked into Bunker Three to watch Music by Hangdog, which set the tone for the performance perfectly. Music is a very silly, but equally entertaining sketch show about a young part-time receptionist/house band member called Dave who works for Stripefy and swallows the music algorithm, becoming the world’s greatest musician as a result. It’s just as insane as it sounds, but strong performances from Jack Toop and Jacob Lovick keep you mostly engaged throughout. Toop plays Dave with an endearing melancholy that allows you sympathise with his quest to become a full-time receptionist (not musician). This more soulful performance contrasts perfectly with Lovick’s manic presence, as he yo-yos between endless characters, accents and impressions. His Joh...
Daniel Foxx: Villain – Pleasance Courtyard
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Daniel Foxx: Villain – Pleasance Courtyard

If you have browsed social media AT ALL in the last few years, I am sure at some point you will have come across Daniel Foxx - His slick shock of silver blonde hair and even slicker comedy clips have taken the internet by storm with characters like ‘The Super Villains Gay Assistant’… Not to mention a ton of impressive appearances on BBC One, BBC Three and Comedy Central UK. Daniel brings his debut hour ‘Villain’ to the Edinburgh Fringe this year in notorious hot box, the Pleasance Baby Grand. The stage is set with green lights, billowing smoke and a keyboard, leaving nowhere to hide. Having seen artists who struggle to translate their short form clips into longer shows I did have my reservations, but Foxx surpasses every expectation. With a chic two piece, a dazzling pearl neckla...