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Edinburgh Fringe Festival Top Picks 2015

| Reviews You Can Read In One Minute


ed festEdinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival in the world. With 47,497 performances last year and more this August spread across this beautiful city it can be overwhelming trying to decide what to see. I can’t say I’ve seen everything (surely no one can?), but here are my suggestions of great shows to catch before the 31st:

Anna Morris: It’s Got To Be Perfect


Anna Morris brings her YouTube viral sensation, the acerbic comic creation Georgina the Bride to this triumph of a show. With her increasingly heightened demands and expectations of her perfect day, this Bridezilla’s hilarious show has got to be perfect for hen dos, stag dos, those who are engaged, married, or anyone who has ever been to a wedding. Not to be missed.


The Voodoo Rooms, August 8 – 17, 19 – 30, 3.55pm FREE

An Audience With Jimmy Saville



Alastair McGowan delivers an incredible performance as Jimmy Saville, with not only an eerie mimic of the known TV personality, but a spot on portrayal of the emotions within this monster of a man. The subject matter is understandably uncomfortable at times, as well as frightfully enlightening – did you know Saville had been questioned as a possible suspect during the police hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper? A great, if unsettling, must see play.


This performance is suitable for those who are 16+.
Assembly George Square Theatre, August 11 – 22, 7.55pm £16.00

Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel



Confession time: I’ve seen Austentatious four times. And each time the quick-witted troupe deliver a side-splittingly funny performance, based on an audience suggested Jane Austen style title. Worth going back again and again, these guys never disappoint.

Underbelly George Square, August 6-17, 19-31, 1.15pm £12.50


Marny Godden: Flap ’em On The Gate



With her host of surreal characters Marny Godden’s Flap ’em On The Gate is an uproariously bonkers show that had me crying with laughter. A true clowning talent, Godden is one of those gifted performers who can make you laugh just by raising an eyebrow. If you like The Mighty Boosh you’ll love this.

Underbelly Cowgate, August 6-7, 19-30, 5.20pm £10.00


4×4 Ephemeral Architectures

Dance, physical theatre and circus


One of the joys of coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is seeing something you wouldn’t normally see. In an unexpected genre blend this show provides jugglers and ballet dancers performing together on stage. With instances of humour, and obvious athletic talent and skill, this show also provided a truly elegant moment of beauty that almost drove this cynical city dweller to tears. Almost. Worth a look.

Assembly George Square Theatre, August 5-11, 13-17, 19-24, 26-30, 5.30pm £16.00

Ed Fest Fast Tips

ed1What to wear:

Layers and comfortable shoes. Edinburgh’s a hilly city, and you can end up walking a lot between shows. Much like the weather, the venues vary in temperature: some are hot, some are cold, some are wet! Dress accordingly.

How to navigate:

Download the free Edinburgh Festival Fringe App from Kotikan Ltd, which lists all the shows taking place. It allows you to search by shows, location, nearby shows, reviews etc, as well as book tickets and show venues on a map. A little lifesaver.

What to eat:

Deep friend Mars bars. You won’t regret it. Besides you’ll burn off all the calories climbing those Edinburgh hills.


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Positive at Park Theatre, by Shaun Kitchener

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Positive tells the story of Benji, a gay Londoner looking to revive his love, sex and social lives one year after testing HIV+. But if Benji’s mantra – If Britney can get through 2007, then I can get through today – doesn’t give you the heads up let me make it clear: this is not a moral depress-fest, but a hilarious nuanced comedy of modern manners. As the writer Kitchener states in the programme introduction: ‘nobody dies’. At one point I laughed so hard my theatre companion had to restrain me from keeling over into Marcio Andrey Santarosa’s clever dual reference giant round pill and plus sign stage, upon which the action is delivered. From the ground up this is a polished, satisfying story: Kitchener expertly teasing at first hilarity and then real emotional depth and punch from his subject matter.pTimothy George’s ‘Benji’ and Sally George’s overbearing mother ‘Margo’ (yes, they are mother and son in real life) give stunning performances, managing to move from an amusing confrontation to genuine tenderness in a devastating second. Yet again I found myself being steadied by my friend, as I attempted and failed to fight back tears. And it is here in the meat of the play that Kitchener’s work really comes into it’s own: this is not a story about HIV, but about life and how we choose to live it. About love and how we choose to give it. Director Harry Burton must be congratulated for bringing the best from his cast, never allowing laughs or sentimentality to get in the way of the real power of the piece.

A special mention for Claire Greenaway’s Health Physician Jennifer, who was the perfect picture of professionalism, concern and genuine care I recognise from my own consultants and carers I see as part of my chronic health condition. Yet again Kitchener’s script shuns the saccharine or obvious, and instead delivers a slice of reality in what is a tightly structured and deftly delivered play. I positively suggest you go and see it.

Positive is on at Park Theatre until the 1st August 2015.


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Wharf Column: A UKIP anthem to the tune of Aqua’s Barbie Girl

| Journalism, Uncategorized


Following UKIP’s  “earthquake” of support in the recent European Elections, and their dismissal of “London’s metropolitan elite” who didn’t vote for them, I decided to write the political party a new theme tune to Aqua’s Barbie Girl. Because nothing says metropolitan elite like a nineties pop hit…

Read the theme tune here:

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