Edinburgh 2013

Minnie and Mona Play Dead

By Ron Bingham While this West Australian play is described as being a black comedy about suicide, I found a lot of suicide but very little comedy. The few comic moments during the show were like tiny lights in a sea of darkness, doing little but giving the darkness...

Farce Noir presents …The Big Sheep

By Ron Bingham Four actors, all trying to outplay each other on stage, to impress a big agent who is in the audience tonight. The lead actor fancies his love interest, who has just spurned him and the other two are just trying to showcase their many skills. Meanwhile,...

Vikki Stone – Definitely

By Ron Bingham Another new performer for me, Vikki Stone is a comedian who plays the piano and sings songs but she does so much more than that. The show starts with the greatest ever motherf*cker opening song, with smoke machines, dance routines, costume changes and impressive stage props....

Hunt & Darton – Cafe

By Ron Bingham This is both a performance art space and a real cafe, with proper cooked food and drinks available. I was first drawn in when I happened to walk past the cafe and noticed the hosts wearing flowers of broccoli on their heads. Even in Edinburgh, that’s...

Cambridge Footlights : Canada

By Ron Bingham This year’s Cambridge Footlights team is a quartet of fresh faced youngsters (well, except for the one with a beard). The quartet – Matty, Matilda, Rosa and Emma – are all energetic and confident as they jump into an hour of fast paced and inventive sketches...

Casual Violence presents: House of Nostril

By Ron Bingham This show should come with a warning to those of a nervous disposition to not sit in the front row of the very small, hot and intimate theatre, as the cast perform what I can only describe as shouty and confrontational acting. The play starts with...

Dirty Laundry by Rachel Hirons

By Ron Bingham This is a dark comic play featuring a mad old (she’s 38, apparently) woman who is running a launderette, and her teenage nephew who comes to keep her company. Busybody Esther (played by Hayley Jane Standing) is rather dim and credulous but, as we find out...

Alfie Brown – The Revolting Youth

By Ron Bingham I had heard some good reports about Alfie’s stand-up before the show. Sadly, the evening was a bit of a let down as Alfie harangued the audience throughout the show and there was no cohesion to his material. I can understand the picking on latecomers, as...

Tumi Morake – HerStory

By Ron Bingham  Tumi Morake is a big girl, she’s black and this is her first time performing out of South Africa. She starts off explaining this, talking about being overweight and the horror of arriving in Edinburgh to find a city of stairs, fried food and people who...

Birthday Girls 2053

By Ron Bingham Birthday Girls 2053 is performed by Beattie Edmondson, Rose Johnson and Camille Ucan, who are former members of sketch group Lady Garden (last seen in sketches in the first series of BBC3’s Live at the Electric). Lady Garden had been favourites of the Edinburgh Fringe for the...