Edinburgh Fringe 2017: Scotsman reviews (pt 1) and other top tips

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We’re just over a week in to the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe and it’s nearly the end of my time here – it’s been an abbreviated visit this year so I can get back to the PhD grindstone. Plenty of great shows and heartening catch-ups have made for an envigorating, stimulating and inebriating trip.

I’m reviewing again for the Scotsman – there’s no single link to my reviews on their website so I thought I’d compile the ones that have appeared so far here…


Betty Grumble: Love and Anger (or Sex Clown Saves the World AGAIN!)
provocative, precarious combination of clowning, drag, stripping, poetry and performance art put to the service of a radical politics
Read the full Scotsman review here.

Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid
bittersweet, riotous and uplifting exploration of how ego and expectation can get in the way of human connection
Read the full Scotsman review here.

The Creative Martyrs: Kabakunst
another jaunty, dextrous, sharply satirical set from the Weimar-style duo, including terrific song ‘Is it Okay to Punch a Nazi?’
Read the full Scotsman review here.

The Ruby Darlings: Lil’ Darling’s Lady Power
charming and moderately obscene solo show about female pleasure, structural misogyny and vaginal euphemisms
Read the full Scotsman review here.

Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin
effervescent showcase combining barnstorming numbers, confident humour, politicised history and expert serving tips
Read the full Scotsman review here.



Diane Chorley: The Rhythm of Live
the Duchess of Canvey revisits her much-maligned 1987 album combining outré period pastiche and genuine toe-tappers
Read the full Scotsman review here.

A Touch of Mrs Robinson
charming, thoughtful set imagining the cinematic cougar’s inner life and celebrating her embrace of risk and adventure
Read the full Scotsman review here.

Gavino di Vino humorously unpacks experiences rarely seen on the Fringe as boisterous ‘Kengerian’ Auntie and her gay son Mtoto
Read the full Scotsman review here.



Beadledom: Alpha / Beadledom: Omega
twin shows of likeable clowning set in a cosmic bureaucracy let down by unclear storytelling and low-key humour
Read the full Scotsman review here.

Hans: Mein Camp
raucous, sequinned knees-up of pop standards whose superficial Nazi theme gives it a queasy tinge of exploitation
Read the full Scotsman review here.


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My second batch of Scotsman reviews

My third batch of Scotsman reviews

The Not Television Edinburgh Awards 2017
(aka semi-reviews and stand-out moments misleadingly framed as awards cos that’s where the cultural capital’s at)

In praise of the weird: Panti Bliss’s Edinburgh Fringe 2017 welcome address