Cheekykita: Tittitutar  Town Sweet Venue Grassmarket Apex 15:50

Welcome to Tittitutar Town a place that’s completely upside down, I have a soft spot for absurdist comedy and this show doesn’t disappoint. a well attended Sunday afternoon showcased cheekykita’s talents from performing energetic oddball characters in this dark world where humans and animals have interbred we are witness to an exorcism and a rebirth as there is a small man living inside her and we must help release him from her, but beware, he must find a new host body and it could be you! fun and laughs are thick and fast and her facial expressions, accents and costumes even the lighting and sound are well used to convey the dark atmosphere, make sure you pay a visit to Tittitutar Town

Coroners Verdict 4 Scary Stars

Erin McGathy: Love You Loudly. The Counting House 2pm

Erin Starts her show by looking for a boyfriend for the show, a vague friend, and the ghost of her mom, the short play between her chosen beau and herself sets the scene for her monologue delivered with such energy and honesty, it was a touching tale of relationships from a young woman in her teens all up until her seven month marriage, to a respected television writer, her obsessions and her passions are clearly explained in what must be both cathartic and draining endeavour during the fringe to be reliving those feelings daily, and at the end her explanation of the title of the show was emotional  and thought provoking.

Coroners Verdict 5 Stars 

The Singing Psychic. The Street bar Venue 239 2b Picardy place. 

In the basement bar of the busy Broughton part of town of an evening you can experience Marysia Trebecka’s The Singing Psychic.

She comes out on stage with a curly blonde Afro and evening dress and introduces herself as someone who can hear the music in your heart even in the buildings she performs readings by choosing members of the audience to whisper their date of birth in her ear then she sings excerpts of songs, with some personalised readings of advice and funny one liners many of which resonates with the audience some of which burst out in laughter as the readings came, where the audience member was perhaps quiet their friends confirmed the readings and within these moments the singing psychic has the audience in the palm of her hand, she weaves a story of her fathers disapproval and the life he wanted for her coupled with her spirit guides of both Maria Callas and Edith Piaf with conflicting voices in her head causing her to not stick with a singing career was well written in between readings at the end she sings a song with pointed advice to her audience culminating in the whole room singing along and she even offered readings upstairs in the bar.

Coroners Rating: A stunning 4 Star Performance 

SuZana Gonzo: Dark Lady 3pm Mash House.

Welcome aboard the Dark Lady Cruise, keep your mind upright as your captain SuZana Gonzo takes the helm, 

She makes quite an entrance helped by two sailors and a Cher soundtrack miming to ‘turn back time’ once she cuts the soundtrack she goes straight to the audience, she connects quickly with a couple of people, the first one strips off her jacket with only the power of his eyes, we are here today for an evening of spiritual healing and revealing. Her world is absurdist and ethereal  with a tragic tale woven in, she was able to enter the body of an audience member to heal them, various victims are chosen in a hilarious selection ceremony guided by her finger and the spirit within that finger, even in its bizarreness she puts her audience at ease and everyone plays along even if baffled at first, she brought a woman up to heal her of an std via the healing power of song and she was a great singer she should be offered a daily part in her show, the story is cleverly delivered the lighting and sound are used to good effect, the skill to deal with an audience regardless of their reactions is a great talent, where on the fringe can you see a rebirthing and an std healing? Only at the mash house 3pm daily.

Coroners Verdict: 4 Otherworldly Stars 

Revan and Fennell Mash House 12:05

At the Mash house, Revan and Fennell display a masterclass in double act chemistry, enthusiasm and quality sketch writing all displayed in a medium sized venue which was well attended, almost a full house. Like early Morecambe and Wise they are a tight unit they know each other’s actions and have clearly intensely rehearsed their sketches, which are based on popular cultural themes, the EastEnders actresses performing whilst being interrupted by the introduction of the live drumming end sequence was very funny, and the quantum physicist West Ham fans down the pub was a great sketch, my favourite was the sketch within a sketch retail scene where a shop assistant hounds a shopper but it turns out to be a training session was a tasty piece of satire, and another example of good writing.The hour flew by and the audience were delighted with these two performers who are destined to go on to bigger and better things, if I was to hear they were appearing at the palladium in a few years time I wouldn’t be surprised such is their talent.

Coroners Verdict 5 glittering stars for two future stars

Jody Kamali: International Man Of Mystery.

A well attended room at grassmarkets sweet venues was the set for today’s 4pm show. Upon entering you could hear Survivors smash hit of the 80’s ‘Eye of the tiger’

In runs Jody Kamali and energetically begins his show with his amazing vintage carrier bag juggling act that has us in awe his eye can direct an audience, giving us knowing looks to spur us on to join in, few people can make you laugh with just a look but he is up there with silent movie era comedians, his storytelling was as touching as it was funny whilst growing up he wanted to fly like his hero (and doppelgänger) David Copperfield (he really does look like him, (and footballer Matthieu flamini) but he’s from Bristol not L.A. Otherwise he’s sure he’d be amazing audiences at the MGM Grand.

Audience participation is key to the fun and Jody has us throwing dangerously spiked steel balls at him in slow motion so that he can display his dodging skills it was beguiling action ( they were plastic) always with a dramatic 80’s power ballad soundtrack, the genuinely dramatic scene came as a shock as he was shot by a mop in a callous betrayal of his marriage (to an ironing board) I’ve already given too much away and fear for my life.

Jody Kamali is a genuine Comedy Genius his energy and ability to improvise any audience situation sets him apart and a class above the rest take a friend to his shows, they WILL thank you.

Coroners Verdict: Alive and kicking! 5 stars!

Made In Cumbria 

Tucked at the back of the grassmarkets Apex Hotel, I spent this Sunday afternoon watching Jane Postlethwaites Made In Cumbria, the show was sold out I even noticed a venue helper bringing in extra chairs. 

The scene was set by our survivalist ‘expert’ guide as we had all been given groupon vouchers by our nearest and dearest to attend this experience day. Hilarious dark monologues driven by strong characters including Boris and Nigel, the falcon protagonists lost by their lonely handler Kirsty Bird,were introduced to us giving us a flavour of Life in this part of the country (psst, don’t mention Yorkshire).

Each character change was cleverly filled in with a parody of a local radio station and an immensely funny over arching story developed in a dramatic climax.

Throughout  the performances Jane Postlethwaites acting and energy was amazing as she switched effortlessly between characters, you get the feeling you are watching a future star, the sound and lights were used expertly you felt transferred into this world and upon leaving I felt I had witnessed a live version of an established sketch show.

This show should sell out at venues with ten times as many seats. please come back next year!

Coroners Verdict: Unmissable 5 star show!

Stage awards press release:

Theatre publication fires the starting gun for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 silverware

The Stage, the world’s oldest and best theatre publication, has announced the first winners of its iconic Edinburgh Awards for 2016, and once again is first to champion acting excellence on the fringe.
They were awarded to Liam Brennan at the Traverse for Diary of a Madman, and Kill the Beast as an ensemble for Don’t Wake the Damp. The two shows are among dozens of shows already reviewed by the theatre newspaper in the first week of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Don’t Wake the Damp was recently awarded a five-star review by The Stage, describing it as the team’s “best show yet”.
Brennan is currently starring as Pop Sheeran in Diary of a Madman. In her four-star review of the play, The Stage reviews editor Natasha Tripney states Brennan gives ‘a strong, anchoring performance’.
Now in their 21st year, the awards have developed a reputation for spotting acting excellence at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and for being the bellwether for the year’s hottest shows. Being first to publicly award talent each year, The Stage Edinburgh Awards have come to be known for setting the pace for later awards.
Founded in 1995 by The Stage to celebrate the best performances each year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – and formerly known as The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the awards celebrate the richness and diversity of acting on the fringe, from solo shows to ensemble pieces. The awards recognise individual performers as well as companies. Since 2014, they have been handed out on a rolling basis throughout the festival.
Winners in 2015 included:
Molly Vevers, for Ross and Rachel

Jade Anouka for Chef

Luke Wright for What I Learned About Jonny Bevan

Sophie Melville for Iphigenia in Splott

Previous winners of the awards include:
Daniel Kitson

Guy Masterson

Caroline Horton

Nichola McAuliffe

This year’s assessors consist of The Stage’s Edinburgh Fringe review team: Nick Awde, Natasha Tripney, Thom Dibdin, Gerald Berkowitz, Paul Vale and Stewart Pringle.
Since 2014, The Stage has awarded a Special Award for a performer or theatremaker in recognition of sustained excellence over a number of festivals and an overall contribution to the Edinburgh Fringe landscape. It was given for the first time in 2014 to Chris Goode and last year was presented to Pip Utton.
This year also sees the launch of The Stage Edinburgh Podcast, a six-part series of top picks and interviews with theatremakers taking work to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The podcast is available via the Podcasts app on Apple devices, SoundCloud or The Stage website.
The Stage is the industry’s trade publication and The Stage team will be reviewing more shows than any other national publication over the course of the Fringe. Check The Stage website for reviews, comment, picks and podcasts throughout the Fringe.
For further information, please contact reviews editor Natasha Tripney.
About The Stage
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August 11, 2016 

Edinburgh
The Stage Edinburgh Awards are first awards of the festival – again

Theatre publication fires the starting gun for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 silverware
The Stage, the world’s oldest and best theatre publication, has announced the first winners of its iconic Edinburgh Awards for 2016, and once again is first to champion acting excellence on the fringe.
They were awarded to Liam Brennan at the Traverse for Diary of a Madman, and Kill the Beast as an ensemble for Don’t Wake the Damp. The two shows are among dozens of shows already reviewed by the theatre newspaper in the first week of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Don’t Wake the Damp was recently awarded a five-star review by The Stage, describing it as the team’s “best show yet”.
Brennan is currently starring as Pop Sheeran in Diary of a Madman. In her four-star review of the play, The Stage reviews editor Natasha Tripney states Brennan gives ‘a strong, anchoring performance’.
Now in their 21st year, the awards have developed a reputation for spotting acting excellence at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and for being the bellwether for the year’s hottest shows. Being first to publicly award talent each year, The Stage Edinburgh Awards have come to be known for setting the pace for later awards.
Founded in 1995 by The Stage to celebrate the best performances each year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – and formerly known as The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the awards celebrate the richness and diversity of acting on the fringe, from solo shows to ensemble pieces. The awards recognise individual performers as well as companies. Since 2014, they have been handed out on a rolling basis throughout the festival.
Winners in 2015 included:
Molly Vevers, for Ross and Rachel

Jade Anouka for Chef

Luke Wright for What I Learned About Jonny Bevan

Sophie Melville for Iphigenia in Splott

Previous winners of the awards include:
Daniel Kitson

Guy Masterson

Caroline Horton

Nichola McAuliffe

This year’s assessors consist of The Stage’s Edinburgh Fringe review team: Nick Awde, Natasha Tripney, Thom Dibdin, Gerald Berkowitz, Paul Vale and Stewart Pringle.
Since 2014, The Stage has awarded a Special Award for a performer or theatremaker in recognition of sustained excellence over a number of festivals and an overall contribution to the Edinburgh Fringe landscape. It was given for the first time in 2014 to Chris Goode and last year was presented to Pip Utton.
This year also sees the launch of The Stage Edinburgh Podcast, a six-part series of top picks and interviews with theatremakers taking work to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The podcast is available via the Podcasts app on Apple devices, SoundCloud or The Stage website.
The Stage is the industry’s trade publication and The Stage team will be reviewing more shows than any other national publication over the course of the Fringe. Check The Stage website for reviews, comment, picks and podcasts throughout the Fringe.

  

Natasha Tripney, reviews editor

Email: Natasha@thestage.co.uk

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Anna Morris: It Has To Be Perfect 

Anna Morris: It’s got to be PerfectVoodoo Rooms Ballroom (venue 68).
It doesn’t have to be perfect, it has to be worth it! A powerful take away message was delivered in the form of a brides (Georgina, of the Chipping Norton set) wedding rehearsal,about to marry a prominent conservative M.P. who is minister for women and equality (played each day by a guest) each days audience are the guests at the time of this review there were 18 more rehearsals until the big day, the comedy was constant the set up and choosing members of the audience to take part and the improvised rehearsal was smart quick and hilarious! the audience got to add objections, and choose the wedding music all of which delivered hilarious results, I can’t believe this was a free show and urge people this is at least a £10 show after all Vera Wang dresses aren’t cheap darling.

Coroners Verdict 5 Stars