Deemed Unsafe: Fringe Review









The début show from sketch company Heretical Productions illustrates a bold attempt at providing something new to the genre. Incredibly energetic, they combine original ideas with humour to create a show that is thoroughly entertaining for a fiver. Focusing largely on physical comedy, and with an innovative live score, it differs considerably from most other sketch shows in both form and delivery. Saying this, despite its fresh edge, it lacks the consistency needed to make it a really good show; various scenes come across as either overly long or simply not that funny. However, it’s clear that the troupe definitely have potential and, perhaps given a few more years, might go on to greater things.

theSpaces On North Bridge, 5 – 27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 3.35pm (4.25pm), £4.50 – £5.00, fpp65.

tw rating 3/5

Taken from Three Weeks, published online Wed Aug 31st 2011.

God’s Fool: Fringe Review









Fresh from sell-out shows in New York, the Arden Players arrive in Edinburgh to present this enlightening production following the somewhat turbulent life of Saint Francis of Assisi, a man constantly at war with himself for his passions of the flesh, who renounces all worldly goods in favour of a simple life of compassion and devotion. An expertly told tale that bears witness to an important passage of Christian history is expressed through a well-written script and impassioned acting. God’s Fool illustrates a man centuries before his time. Offering an understanding of the importance of inter-faith dialogue – an issue which is still relevant today, here expressed with tasteful consideration – God’s Fool is a play well worth seeing.

theSpace on Niddry St, 5 – 13 Aug, 4.00pm (5.30pm), £6.00 – £9.00, fpp266. 

tw rating 4/5 

Taken from Three Weeks, published Sat Aug 13th 2011.

Three Weeks 2011 – Daily Edition #9, Aug 13th

Shhh… Fringe Review









The debut rom-com musical from Alison Telfer and Dan Greavey is an entertaining venture into the lives of ordinary people, complete with laughter, tears and a little something in between. With a tasteful score orchestrated by Sam Shearer, showcasing a variety of numbers from the soulful to the uplifting, this is a no frills musical that can be enjoyed by all. With strong performances from the cast – most notably Joe Whiteman as the quintessential gay best friend and Lisa Leonard as the young love interest – this is an impressive first production from the young company. Its only let down is the sub-plot involving an abusive step-father which is not explored in enough detail to make it a worthwhile addition to the show.

theSpace at Venue45, 5 – 13 Aug (not 7), 20.10 (21.25), £6.00 – £7.00, fpp233.

tw rating 3/5

Taken from Three Weeks, published Mon Aug 8th 2011.

Three Weeks 2011 – Weekly Edition #1, Aug 8th