Rosie Wilby – Is Monogamy Dead (4*)

Ruth’s 4* review:

Rosie Wilby explores the notion of monogamy and polygamy and everything in between, and poses the question ‘Is monogamy dead?’ This appealed to the sociologist in me, particularly as she’d done a survey to generate material of the show. Oooh I do love a survey. Rosie is charming, and interesting, and the set was coherent and confidently delivered with numerous witty and whimsical interludes. An extremely pleasant, interesting, engaging hour.

2013-08-24 Fringe 0019Ian’s 4* review:

I really enjoyed this show, loosely on based  the results of a survey on monogamy along with some observational humour based on Rosie’s life and a rather charming collection of whimsical diversions.  A very pleasant hour, I’ll be looking out for Rosie again next year.

(no photography in this show, so you get a picture of Ruth reading the flyer instead!)

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Richard Herring’s Edinburgh Fringe Podcast (4.5*)

Ruth’s 4.5* review:

I’ve been working my way through Richard Herring’s podcasts, so was excited to go to the recording of one finally. I wished I’d done it sooner. This was fantastic. Two guests (Caroline Rhea and Barry from Watford) and a standup slot (Alex Edelman). Richard Herring just seems like a nice man, and I really like his interviewing style. What works well for me about these podcasts is that Richard sometimes takes the lead, the guests sometimes take the lead, and consequently the tone and approach can be quite varied. It doesn’t matter if you know the guests or not, you always find out something interesting about them. And I like his ‘emergency questions’ as it is nice to be able to compare what the different guests have to say about the same issues.

2013-08-24 Fringe 0003Ian’s 4.5* review:

I’ve always enjoyed Richard Herring’s main Fringe shows, and this year’s We’re all going to die was no exception.  It was easy for Ruth to persuade me to come and see the recording of his Fringe podcast.  His guest interviews were relaxed and funny, although I didn’t really know Caroline Rhea, and Barry from Watford was just downright weird.  The guest stand-up Alex Edelman was really very good – I wish I had time to look up his show but the Fringe is almost over!

I’ll definitely be on the lookout for this next year.

Munch (4.5*)

Ruth’s 4.5* review:

This is how poetry should be done.  Wow.  I would find it hard to fault this except that the venue was a bit cramped and noisy.  This performance was extremely well thought through and performed.  Detailed, pacey, hilarious, varied.  The content was rhythmic and witty and onomatopoeic and it was so well delivered by two charming and talented guys that it was quite mesmerising.  Very good, loved it, but the subject matter is probably not for everyone.

Ian’s Review 4.5*

Absolutely brilliant!

A likeable duo with content varying from prose to poetry and occasionally bursting into song.  Modern, fresh, enjoyable and at times downright hilarious.  I wish I could remember the words of the song they did to the tune of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from Mary Poppins, but I was too busy laughing.  Having said all that, the subject matter will not be for everyone – this is about a gay couple’s first foray into the BDSM community!

The very best of… (at Banshee Labyrinth)

Ruth’s review:

We went to see this compilation standup show because it was in the right place at the right time, and it was quite a place held in a tiny cinema that’d I’d never been to before and must look out for.  Oooh but it was baking hot.  Urgh.  It was fine, I enjoyed it well enough.  The standard varied from alright to pretty good.  I liked the guy who cried about his girlfriend and the last guy whose name escapes me.

2013-08-23 Fringe 0002Ian’s Review

I’m not sure what this was the very best of, but the field must have had fairly slim pickings.  The compere didn’t really manage to get the crowd going, and some of the acts were pretty weak.  This wasn’t the show we expected to see (a last minute change of schedule I think) and I can’t find any trace of a running order online so I have no idea what the names of most of the acts were.  As they were generally unmemorable, that’s no great loss.

Present and correct (2*)

2013-08-23Ruth’s 2* review:

Sketch comedy from a group of young uns.  I’m afraid this was weak.  They seemed very nice, very sweet, they’d obviously put a bit of effort in.  But for me it consistently failed to hit the funny.  I thought there was a bit of potential in their jokes about universities having lunch and explaining science to someone… but… yeah.

Ian’s Review: 2*

A fairly weak sketch show.  The basic themes for the sketches were mostly pretty weak schoolboy humour, and although the delivery was confident it lacked flair and timing.

Aurora Winterborn’s Candid Cabaret 2

2013-08-22

Ruth’s review:

Another viewing of Aurora Winterborn’s Candid Cabaret, and I’m very glad we went as it was mostly acts we hadn’t seen before.  Highlights for me were again the compare Julie Lambrini Jones (so funny), as well as Lucy on the hoop and burlesque act Magenta Lust.  Big shout out in particular to the extremely impressive magician The Great Aziz.  Not only was his delivery seamless but his act involves a number of doves and he really seems to love his doves.  I think it is a nice quality in a man to care for animals and so on.

2013-08-22 Fringe 0020Ian’s Review:

Another great night – Aurora did her delightfully wierd Mars Attacks as well as a pole routine.  Julie cracked me up with her hosting once again.  The Great Aziz was wonderful with his Doves.  Silhouette regulars Kim Khaos and Magenta Lust did routines I’d not seen before and I enjoyed.  I forget the names of the remaining acts, Poppy La Pilule (Ruth’s picture above) was brilliant (with a surprising ending!) and two female dancers (pictured) with a name that related to cats in some way (I forget) were pretty good too.

We got just about the last tickets for this show, and I think the last night is now deservedly sold out, so you’ve missed it for this year!

I can’t wait for the next show – hopefully well before the Fringe next year!

See also the excellent review from our first visit to: Aurora Winterborn’s Candid Cabaret

Meta-Reprogramming with Christopher Stewart (3.5*)

Ruth’s 3.5* review:

We didn’t particularly intend to go and see Christopher perform this spoken word session, but it was on at the right place at the right time.  Christopher gave us a lecture on metareprogramming to seduce the ladies.  I found it hilarious, I reminded me of Claudia O’Doherty’s lecture on soil erosion that I saw two years ago.  As soon as it started I wanted to text my friend E and tell her about it, she would have loved to have been there.  Well I laughed a lot, and enjoyed the audience participation.  I thought it was a clever idea and Christopher dealt well with the spontaneity required of the concept.  Afterwards, the session turned into a bit of a workshop where the audience chatted with Christopher about developing the idea.  What a nice, interesting guy he is.  We were then treated to a bit of original poetry.  This show was absolutely not polished, and it wasn’t the best thing I have seen so far, but 40 shows in it absolutely made my Fringe with its raw potential and the opportunity to get a bit involved.

2013-08-22 Fringe 0025Ian’s Review 3.5* 

This show It took place in a bizarre, mostly empty venue.  It started late.  This show was unscripted, unpolished and hastily rewritten.  It had all the hallmarks of disaster.  That’s OK with me.  I want to see different, interesting and experimental things on the Fringe, and frankly if you want to push the limits you’re going to see some crap.

I shouldn’t have worried.  Christopher was engaging from the outset, and the idea of an ironic lecture on meta-reprogramming is very clever.  The combination of slideshow and part-improvised audience interaction worked really well – so much so I had no idea he had rewritten the show in the hours beforehand!  Of course, if you go tomorrow you might see a completely different version, but I’m pretty sure it will still be good!  In complete contrast, he shared a haunting poem he had written about his grandfather.  The combination of poet, intellect, engaging manner and an eye for the absurd means and I think that as he becomes more confident in his material he could be truly dangerous!

I’ll definitely be looking out for Christopher Stewart next year, and if you’re looking for something exciting and different to round off your fringe, I’d really encourage you to look him up in the PBH Free Fringe programme!