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Mark Steel’s In Toon – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

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Writer: Mark Steel Reviewer: Fergus Morgan There’s probably nowhere in Britain that Mark Steel doesn’t know some peculiar, revealing fact about. His Edinburgh Fringe show, Mark Steel’s In Toon, is a mix of some more prepared material about politics, football fans and the great English cup of tea, and some more cobbled together stuff about Scotland, its history, and its ...

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Spencer Jones – Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

Writer: Spencer Jones Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Spencer Jones was the surprise comedy hit of last year's festival. His show, Spencer Jones Presents The Herbert In Proper Job, was a gloriously barmy mix of anthropomorphic household objects, surreal audience participation, and brilliantly silly use of audio technology. This year, Jones has returned to Underbelly Cowgate with his 2015 hit, as well ...

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Crapappella – theSpace@Venue 45, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Mark O’Neill Crapappella is most certainly not your standard a cappella show. Do not be fooled by the name, however - this show is certainly not crap. This latest production by the Queen Mary Theatre Company is comical, creative and chaotic. Bringing four shows to the Fringe this year, the Company are ready to entertain and Crapappella does not ...

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We Are Ian – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Kate Harvey Leave your reservations at the door and indulge in a bit of mindless escapism, We Are Ian leaves room only for a euphoric acid house danceathon that will make Margaret Thatcher turn in her grave. It begins with three young women. They are dressed in white overalls, hair knotted on top of their heads. It appears they ...

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Nick Hall: Szgrabble – T-Bar, Edinburgh

Reviewer: R G Balgray Imagine a Bond movie as a one-man show through the medium of slapstick mime, and you’re halfway towards Nick Hall’s show at T-Bar in the Cowgate. Add a more-than-ridiculous cod Cold War narrative channelling the famous Chess Wars through Scrabble. Then season with the “Stationery” chapter of office jokes of the past, and the recipe is ...

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Lucy Porter: Consequences – The Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer: R G Balgray Grounded. That’s what Lucy Porter is. Within the first ten minutes of her show Consequences, at the Pleasance Courtyard, she’s effortlessly established her audience participation (with a hostess trolley – a nice touch) and marked out her personal territory: London suburban – Pinner – and “middle middle” class. From thereon in, she leads her packed and ...

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Michelle McManus: Pop Goes the Idol – The Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Matt Farnham Michelle McManus can undoubtedly sing, after all, she won Pop Idol back in 2003, which she kindly reminds the audience was by a landslide and with over 8.2 million votes. In her third show at the Edinburgh Fringe, she returns to the tried and tested formula of storytelling mixed with some well‐chosen songs. The show starts with ...

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