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Stand Up & Slam! – Cowgatehead, Edinburgh

Reviewer: R. G. Balgray

Such a straightforward idea, but such a winner. Turning two of the performance arts into a game show (oh, and mixing in a roasting – plus rap, plus magazine taster of the individuals’ other shows – at the same time). It took a while to get the larger than anticipated audience in to this gig, but the wait was worth it.

Such a variety: Rich Wilson doubled as warmup and guitar-plonker extraordinaire, while Oli Forsyth whipped up his team, and the audience, to get the necessary competitive edge. What of the teams? Laura Lexx was sharp and feisty; James Loveridge brought out some of the shock and awe – all with a smile on his face, too – you would expect from on-the-edge stand up. Harry Baker’s rapping style, mixing in some sharp-but-twisted punning, and tonguetwisting too, just knocked out the audience (this Sunshine Kid will definitely go far…). And Jess Green reminded everybody – with passion, and intensity, that poetry’s aim is, of course, to change the world. The result – well, it was decided by audience participation. But it didn’t really matter – the audience were the winners.

And a bonus point too. It continues, with changing personnel, from now on…

Reviewed on 8th August 2015, running from 8th – 29th (not 19th)

Reviewer: R. G. Balgray Such a straightforward idea, but such a winner. Turning two of the performance arts into a game show (oh, and mixing in a roasting – plus rap, plus magazine taster of the individuals’ other shows – at the same time). It took a while to get the larger than anticipated audience in to this gig, but the wait was worth it. Such a variety: Rich Wilson doubled as warmup and guitar-plonker extraordinaire, while Oli Forsyth whipped up his team, and the audience, to get the necessary competitive edge. What of the teams? Laura Lexx was sharp…

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The Public Reviews Score

A complete and utter winner

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