Reviewer: Mark McCulloch
Aye Right? How No? is one of a raft of shows at this year’s Fringe which (not surprisingly) centres upon the upcoming Scottish independence referendum. This comedy piece is hosted by well-known Scottish stand ups, Vladimir McTavish and Keir McAllister with an ever-changing variety of guests, which on the day of this review were: Cybernat 1500 B, Propaganda Now, Scott Gibson and Eleanor Morton.
No person is safe in this political and celebrity satire and it leaves no stone unturned in the multitude of topics and unanswered questions surrounding the debate. The hosts concentrate on the mixed messages coming from the media and how differing publications use scare tactics and inflated statistics to influence the public.
The special guests on this particular day were the downfall of the piece (which is a problem as they make up the largest proportion of the show), Cybernat could have taken their social media commentary idea further, Propaganda Now did their best to recover from an initial, unneeded, phallic joke and Scott Gibson, while very comical, quickly went off topic in what he described as an unnatural setting. However, Eleanor Morton, despite being somewhat shaky was a musical joy.
The hosts McTavish and McAllister are the highlight of the show and the whole piece would have benefitted from the pair spending more time on stage. Expanding on their unique and comical viewpoints, would have given the audience a more coherent and entertaining experience.
Runs until August 24th