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Phil Jupitus is Porky The Poet: Living in a World Where They Throw Ducks At The Bread

Phil Jupitus is Porky The Poet: Living in a World Where They Throw Ducks At the Bread
15:00 The Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68) 14-12, 14-26th Aug
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’m pretty sure Phil Jupitus is made of solid charisma and loveliness. A man who is never afraid to point at the reviewer in the room. He approaches his poetry with passion and zeal, lacing them together with fantastic anacdoates and asides. At every available opportunity he is warm and friendly, even making sure everyone is comfortable which is unusual at the fringe. He’s clearly there to enjoy performing as much as the audience are there to enjoy his work.
Jupitus shows an extraordinary flare and talent for the written word and, speaking as poets & writers who run their own spoken word night, to see him perform it is a thing of beauty.
The audience is in stitches in one minute and listening contented & completely enveloped in the next.

The techniques on display within his pieces are so well executed and the skillful changes of pace and tone make his performance accessible and highly enjoyable even to those who would not class themselves as ‘a poetry audience’.

This is an absolute must but do get there early, really early because this show fills up fast and it’s clear once you see it why that is.
It’ll mak your fringe.

Cornelius Patrick O’Sullivan: The Family Guy

Cornelius Patrick O’Sullivan: The Family Guy
 13:15 Sneaky Pete (Venue 437) 4-12th Aug
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating –  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This warm and welcoming show is conversational in tone and well written, dealing with some very sentive issues delicately in some parts and no so delicately in others. In fact, sometimes the subject matter is handled in rather an ‘in your face’ way which suits the O’Sullivan performance style. His stage presence and use of space is superb, hitting in with the visual material to back up the already strong writing and delivery. Blunt and to the point, O’Sullivan works the room well, drawing the audience into the stories he tells.
The descriptions and details are powerful, and passionate, building up suspense and painting highly vivid pictures in the mind. He breaks this form now and then with funny, odd and vibrantly performed poems which add another layer to an already very funny, very enjoyable show.

This odd and eccentric show kept me giggling for hours afterwards and I will be keeping an eye out for him in the future.

The Roleplaying Comedy Hour 2

The Roleplaying Comedy Hour 2
22:00 Bar Bados (Venue 32) Aug 4-25th
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

If Roleplaying is your thing (no, not that kind, get your mind out of the gutter) then this is the show for you. If you don’t really know what Roleplaying games are or have never played one, then this is the show for you. It is easy to watch this with or without any prior knowledge of games like Dungeons & Dragons etc and it is a really good laugh.

The stories change from night to night and so do the guest comics. No one knows what the outcome will be or what situations the group will get themselves into as the game is played with real dice and so all in the room are at the mercy of the dungeon master.

It’s something a bit different and so worth going to see and who knows? You may vent become a part of the action yourself. There’s only one way to find out.
Take a chance on the roll of a dice.

David Lee Morgan – The River Was a God: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – 

David Lee Morgan presents an hour of spoken word, a fantastic blend of poetry and soundscapes with a deeply atmospheric feel for the Americana – from the very beginning David’s performance has the ambience of an open-top car-ride against a burnt orange sunset.

This is an hour of poetry about bringing power to the powerless. These are poems about evolution and revolution, beautifully constructed for a balance of depth of imagery and pace of narrative, each one matched with music that adds new layers and sweeps the audience away with David as he explores these themes.

David is a very engaging performer, taking the time to put his messages across both with the poetry itself and in the spaces between. He has a great charm that makes this hard-hitting and risk-taking poetry a safe space in which reflection can take place.

David also performed excerpts from his other show, The Other Side of The Flood, the last performance of which is on 22nd August, at Banshee Labyrinth at 1620. For a great blend of of spoken word, soundscaping and musical theatre, both shows cannot be missed.

Written by Christopher Moriarty

David Lee Morgan – The River Was a God

Banshee Labyrinth, 1620

Part of PBH Free Fringe

4th – 26th August (except Wednesdays)

Ash Pryce: Mind Reader Live

Ash Pryce: Mind Reader Live
17:30 @ Bar Bados Aug 4-6, 8-13,  15-20, 22-25
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

If you want to see something truly amazing, this is the place to see it and this is the man to show you. Ash Pryce has exceptional stage presence with comfortable and gentle audience participation which, although very involved, is completely enthralling.

Pryce builds the suspense in the room magnificently and then proceeds to live up to and surpass every expectation. The skills incorporated into the show is breath-taking and it is good fun to see the baffled look on the faces of the volunteers after each reveal is finished.

This is a highly impressive performance which is surreal and astounding, presented with a superb degree of charm and charisma. It leaves you feeling really good and wanting much more.

Go and see it because it’s different and funny and totally unlike anything else you’re likely to see on the fringe. There’s a reason we gave it 5 stars, so seek it out and experience it for yourselves.

Horror – Gothic Tales and Dark Poetry

Horror – Gothic Tales and Dark Poetry
14:00 @ Banshee Labyrinth (Venue 156) Aug 4-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-26th
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This show is a beautifully performed collection of prose and poetry from some of the best horror writers ever to have put pen to paper. It contains a selection of classics but also highlights some pieces that the audience may not have come across before. Not only that but it is wonderful to hear a duel language show with some pieces performed in German and some in English. This adds texture and such depth to an already superb show making it so easy to lose yourself in it.

Isabel Schmier has a powerful stage presence which is at once subtle and commanding. Schmier is a born storyteller with expert poise and obvious passion enriching the experience. The phrase ‘breathing new life’ springs to mind when watching this performance.

If horror and spoken word if your thing, this is 100% the show for you. Go see it and escape in to the endlessly tempting world of horror and darkness. Seeing this show in the Banshee Labyrinth is an added treat which makes it totally unmissable and an absolute pleasure to watch.

Isobel Rogers, Jen Wakefield & Kirsty Mann – WIP It: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – 

WIP It sees a rolling roster of Rogers, Wakefield and Mann presenting a half-and-half show of innovative, daring and touching comedy.  On the night in particular that I had the pleasure of this hour of comedy, it was Isobel and Jen taking to the stage, bringing a fantastic blend of character and musical comedy to the stage.

All three are members of the Soho Theatre Young Company and it is easy to see this in their sharp and professional delivery. Rogers presented excerpts from her show ‘Elsa’ (at the Pleasance Dome from 16th – 19th August). Not to give too much away about it, this was an absolutely engrossing and engaging narrative, story-telling of a very high order accompanied by extremely accomplished guitar-playing and singing. The detail and the characterisation in the story of Elsa were top-drawer and, were Bunbury still in Edinburgh, I would not be hesitating to see the full show to see how the whole tale unfolds.

For the second half, Jen Wakefield took to the stage for a music-laced half hour of a completely different variety. Jen talks with passion about a whole range of subjects, speaking from the heart about stereotypes and identities, flipping the conventions with a sharp wit and exceptional jokes. She also brings her years as a primary school teacher to the stage, as well as the cultural relevance of Drake and a fantastic grime tutorial.

For an excellent hour of comedy, this really cannot be missed. It should also be noted that my cousin was there too, and he loved it as well.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Isobel Rogers, Jen Wakefield and Kirsty Mann – WIP It

Southsider, 1900

Part of the PBH Free Fringe

4th – 25th August (Rogers 4th – 11th, Wakefield 4th – 25th, Mann 12th – 25th)

Louise Bastock and Liz Guterbock – Sparkle Deli: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐

Welcome to the Sparkle Deli, where there are plenty of laughs on offer – a wholesale of silly and sinister laughs with a whole heap of sparkle thrown in.

Bastock and Guterbock are yours hosts at the deli, two comedians whose style and comedic themes compliment each other perfectly. This is a show in which Louise and Liz show how we view ourselves and each other through different lenses, trying to rectify the darkness that can be found which recovering from trauma and adversity – Bastock’s weight loss journey and Guterbock’s heartbreak. They have a great ability to bring the light side of these situations – which can often be bleak – and touching on the taboos of these topics while always leaving the audience assured that triumph is just around the corner.

While exploring these themes, Louise and Liz talk about subjects as varied as dating, self-image, tap-dancing, American chocolate and what it is like being an American in the UK. Their jokes have the ability to be cheeky and naughty but never over the line.

Get yourself over to the Sparkle Deli and check out what Bastock and Guterbock are serving up.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Louise Bastock and Liz Guterbock – Sparkle Deli

Southsider, 1745. Part of PBH Free Fringe

4th – 25th August (except 14th & 20th)

Rory O’Keeffe – The 37th Question: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – 

Rory O’Keeffe presents the story of Stuart and Zoe, two strangers who complete the psychological experiment the 36 Questions on their first date. This is a well-written story by a comedian and story-teller that has a great ability to draw the audience into the word he has created.

This is a story where the audience chooses the direction, the streets the narrative takes towards the end. Rory is a published writer – having written for the Love Island and X Factor choose-your-own adventure apps. He has brought the structure to a show that has a depth to its subject matter – a story about falling in love, how secrets can spread through a relationship, about keeping relationships together. Rory has a keen eye for detail while painting vivid imagery that helps bring the story alive. The characters are fully-formed and believable, helping in their formation by the use of recordings of their first date, laying a dual past-and-present narrative, which turns according to the decisions the audience make.

The story poses the idea of the 37th Question, moving along at a pace that is never broken as it swaps from then to now. What will the 37th Question be? The audience is never anythigngless than gripped as Rory weaves his words.

Rory is certainly an engaging performer that can craft a thought-provoking story and engage his audience in a funny and charming way.

Written by Christopher Moriarty

Rory O’Keeffe – The 37th Question

Banshee Labyrinth, 1320.

Part of The PBH Free Fringe

4th – 26th August

Henry Cafe: Quiz Machine

Henry Cafe: Quiz Machine
18:30 @ Whistlebinkies (Venue158) Aug 5-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26th
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This show is exceptionally written and brilliantly performed. With a high but relaxed level of audience participation, a peculiar pub quiz unfolds complete with drama, suspense, and weird questions. Everything is spot on with this performance from stage presence to material, from delivery to framing, it’s just masterful. The way the jokes are built up paired with the timing and execution makes this the complete comedy package leaving the audience wanting more.

The crowd work itself is skillful and highly polished, allowing, the feel of a real pub quiz to  seep through the room. The narrative of the show is also so superbly shot though that everyone in the room is not only invested but leaves with the sense that they’ve seen and been a part something brilliant.

I couldn’t stop laughing and I urge you to do the same. Go and see this. It’d be silly not to.