Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Squirrel writers’ 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Round up

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So that was the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe and Festival. Once again the weather was changeable, with reports that it was the wettest summer in Scotland for 80 years. We arrived in the rain, but the frequent showers were never enough to dampen our enthusiasm. There were...

The Bear Pack – Carlo Ritchie and Steen Raskopoulos

By Phoebe  O’Brien  The Bear Pack are Sydney comedians Carlo Ritchie and Steen Raskopoulos, plus Ange Lavoipierre on the cello. Lavoipierre’s soundtrack becomes the backdrop to the improvised tale spun by improv masterminds Ritchie and Raskopoulos. The Bear Pack create brilliant sketch performances, that captivate, while remaining completely improvised every...

Rhys Nicholson: I’m Fine

By Phoebe O’Brien  Rhys Nicholson is sharp-tongued and in full force with his new show I’m Fine. Nicholson hits you like a sugar rush. He is delectable and sweetly enticing, yet in moments can have you crashing. Nicholson’s dizzying mix of glamour within a stark reality is tied together...

Britney in John

By Ron Bingham Britney is a duo consisting of Charly Clive and Ellen Robertson and, just to make things a little more confusing, they are performing a show called John. This caused more than a little confusion at the box office. The show is about a journey our two...

Kai Humphries : Punch-Drunk

By Ron Bingham This is a beautifully heart-warming and uplifting homage from Kai to his family and friends, and the influences they have had on his life. He introduces us, via a projector / display screen, to both his grandfathers and his big brother, telling both good and bad...

Rose Matafeo: Sassy Best Friend

By Phoebe O’Brien New Zealand comedian Rose Matafeo is inspired by rom-coms. Although, she may feel she embodies the ‘sassy best friend’ character who frequently crops up in those soppy classics as the name of the show suggests, evidently she makes for a strong lead showcased in her follow...

Mark Steel – Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright

By Ron Bingham I was going to start with a warning to get there early but the front couple of rows had empty seats for ages, which is strange as Mark doesn’t do audience participation. The show itself runs for over 70 minutes, so you will also hit the...

Isa Bonachera : Wow!

By Ron Bingham Isa starts her show with a couple of physics jokes courtesy of her failed PhD in physics. She then launches into a show about her youth in the south of France before moving to Michigan for high school and university, then to the UK after a number...

Cambridge Impronauts – Improv Actually

By Phoebe O’Brien  Cambridge University are back at the Fringe with their improv troupe the Cambridge Impronauts tackling a much loved film genre the ‘rom-com’, in their show Improv Actually. While the mash up of rom-com and long form improv based on audience suggestions serve as an enticing backdrop...

Danny Lobell : Broke as a Joke

By Ron Bingham Danny is a self-described Scottish / New York Jewish comedian and his show is a look back at his youth in and around New York. Unfortunately the Scottish part of his heritage is dismissed early on after one quick joke. We hear about his father’s penchant...