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Abbie Murphy – Eat Sleep Shit Shag: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐

When Abbie Murphy  greets the audience in perhaps the most joyously flamboyant head-wear you could see at the Fringe, one might be forgiven for expecting a high-octane show. In perfect juxtapostion to the energy of her feathered adornment, Abbie’s performance has a great low-key rumbling to it, a conversational style that creates an intimate atmosphere between her and the audience.

Abbie brings an hour of comedy about getting older, the intrusiveness of technology in modern life and about her time working as a performer on a cruise ship. All the time, there is an undercurrent to these stories – a powerful tone of feminism upon which the narrative hangs. Abbie wonderfully flips the conventions that desperately need flipping with hard-line and jet black humour, not afraid to cut through the stereotypes with sharp teeth.

All the while, this is a show about always being who you are and chasing your dreams. Abbie has a tremendous talant for finding the sideways perspective, bringing a different view to some very important themes.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Abbie Murphy – Eat Sleep Shit Shag

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 1345

Part of The Free Festival

2nd – 23th August

Aidan ‘Taco’ Jones – 52 Days: A Review

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The narrative that Aidan ‘Taco’ Jones is one of a year spent journalling his exploits on a pack of playing cards – 52 stories; one for every week of the year, with cards drawn at random and chosen by the audience is an innovative structure to a stand-up show.

The stories told will change from performance to performance, as is the nature of the structure; one the night I was in attendance, there were stories of drunken excess, new loves and heartbreak that spanned the globe from Australia to South America. There is a brutal honesty to the stories that are being told by Aidan, engaging with a great blend of easy charm. Sometimes, the stories pushed on the taboo, with tales of sex, but these are dealt with a sensitivity that never puts the audience on edge.

Aidan carries the structure of the show with a great energy that brings the audience along with him on his adventures, stepping in to the levity of situations while finding the darker side of things as well.

Aidan’s unique storytelling is never less the engrossing and he has a lot of tales to tell – 52, to be exact.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Aidan ‘Taco’ Jones

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 2230

Part of The Free Festival

2nd – 26th August

Nathaniel Metcalfe – Chameleon, Comedian, Corinthian and Caricature

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From the very beginning of this show, with Nathaniel welcoming the audience into the room with an easy and warm charm, it is clear that he is an expert performer. This is a show about how his 2014 lead to the break up of his relationship and how this is his first Edinburgh show since then.

It is a show that explores the paths and avenues of artistry, full of sideways glances at a wide array of subjects – the influential figures in his life such as David Bowie, Coco Pops and pretty much everything in between. This is a sharp comedic brain in action which knows how to write a tightly bound narrative, where unexpected and surreal turns to things such as Dylan covering the theme tunes of 1980’s sitcoms are never left by the wayside, and feed into a fantastic ending. Every moment is well-constructed, moves with purpose and confidence and displays exactly what the performer is capable of.

Nathaniel Metcalfe has put together a show here that has everything. There is superb use of multimedia – a break-down of a bizarre Jeremy Irons interview and subsequent return later in the show is a particular highlight. It’s an innovative, intelligent and sharp-witted hour of comedy that demonstrates how Metcalfe is absolutely at the top of his game.

This was a hour of comedy that was an absolute pleasure to be part of.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Nathaniel Metcalfe – Chameleon, Comedian, Corinthian and Caricature

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 1310

2nd – 26th August (except 14th)

Daniel Audritt – Trying to Be Good: A Review

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Daniel Audritt is a comedian with a refreshingly sharp and quick-witted mind presenting an hour of rapid-fire jokes on the subject of falling – or jumping – in love. He cuts an incredible charming and likeable figure on the stage, dotting his set with audience interactions that never makes those members feel uncomfortable. It helps bring the crowd into Daniel’s world of often sideways and dark glances at the subject of love.

He is a comedian with a clear pedigree of writing well-crafted jokes, with a clarity and confidence of delivery that is at the height of the profession – even with jokes that he self-admittedly only wrote that morning, making this even more impressive.

Inevitably, a show about falling in love and all the foibles around it – Daniel is trying to be a better person for his new partner – there are lots of jokes about sex which are presented in a very accessible way and never strays into uncomfortable territory. His comedic talents also turn very well to fantastic word play and the flipping of the tropes and convention associated with love.

This show is a fantastic way to start the day at the Fringe, a highly enjoyable and hilarious hour of comedy that needs to be seen.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Daniel Audritt – Trying to Be Good

Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 1200

3rd – 26th August (except 15th)

 

Fiona Sagar – Sagar Dreamcast: A Review

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Just as the show is about to start, Fiona hears her granny making her way to the room. Being the dutiful granddaughter, she goes to help ‘Granny’ in. Upon her arrival, ‘Granny’ is a fiercely funny reflection of a generation that believes the youth are wasting their time chasing their dreams, and perfectly shows Fiona’s superb ability to step into a character and work with in-the-moment energy gained from audience interaction, weaving it seamlessly with incredibly polished material.

This is a show which sees a whole spectrum of characters brought to life on the stage by Sagar’s faultless performance – a nursery school supply-teacher which was perfectly observed with a dark edge; a ‘man’s man’ who running a ‘saucy dating space’; a 1920’s (ish) Deep-South wife and a talking animal. Through each of these, there is a strong, clear and hard-hitting message about the strength of women and the toxic masculinity which continues to undermine. It is a narrative that carries the comedy down dark and unexpected turns. Each character’s stereotypes are thrown into both the light and the dark.

Fiona is a performer with a wealth of talent and brings it to the stage with a great amount of energy and verve.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Fiona Sagar – Sagar Dreamcast

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 1810

2nd – 26th August (except 14th)

Louise Reay – Eraserhead: A Review

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…or should that be Pea-raserhead? After all, Louise’s planned show for this year cannot be performed due to continuing legal proceedings, with her lawyers telling her there are certain topics which cannot be broached in her comedy, leaving her with material that is ‘hardly groundbreaking for a female comedian’.

Louise’s show is one of high-octane, chaotic energy juxtaposed with very strong and heartbreaking messages of self-expression in the arts, oppression and censorship, which – shhhh – cannot be talked about. Aptly aided by her PA Michael, Louise takes the audience through an hour of innovative comedy about everything from pets, the occult to what it has been like growing up as a woman and fighting for every corner. There are also video calls with Reay’s mother which add even more layers to the tensions that simmer just below the surface.

This is a show that has everything, the whole spectrum of engrossing comedy performance that leaves the audience knowing they have been part of something important, a dialogue that can break through walls that cannot be spoken of. A dialogue that, in 2018, is too important not to have.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Louise Reay – Erasehead

Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 1615

2nd – 26th August (except 14th)

James Barr – Thirst Trap: A Review

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James wants to find the one at the Fringe this year, and every person in the room could very well BE the one. Upon entry, every audience member is encouraged to touch James’ lucky pineapple before he takes to the stage, welcoming us into his world with extreme likeability and building a great energy in the room.

James’ quest to find love has seen him move from online dating to ‘real life tinder’. inviting all of the men to stand while he ‘swipes’ away the ones he does not want. When he finds the right man, they are invited on stage for a date, in an innovative and charming way of building the audience participation sections in to his show. There comes near the start of the show too, a fantastic analogy between buying avocados and dating, surely striking more than one chord with the millennials in the room.

James’ high levels of energy are kept throughout the show, with the audience riding the wave with him. He is often cheeky and provocative but never crosses the line into pure dirtiness, with lots of great ideas carrying the narrative. He can be shocking and honest at times, which gives a beautiful vulnerability to the performance and his comedy.

Get along and join in with James Barr’s quest for love. You are, after all, cordially invited.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

James Barr – Thirst Trap

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 2150

2nd – 14th August