Article published : Sunday, August 11th, 2019 (2:00 am)
Edinburgh fringe roundup: smut, stalkers and supremely silly slapstick From the big stage to a dripping cave and someone’s front room, performers run the gamut from light to darkIt was a sticky, stormy and rain-soaked first week at the Edinburgh fringe, but nevertheless, the fizzy verbal pitches that accompany the confetti flyers rang out as loud and clear as ever. These sentences are free entertainment in their own right. ”Love musicals, hate laundry?” (Add ”– the Musical!” to anything you can imagine, and somebody will be putting it on in a cellar 30 minutes’ walk from wherever you currently are.) ”They dress up as stereotypes of women and then wrestle.” ”Comedy about your daddy issues – we’ll sort them out.” They started to sound like cryptic crossword clues to which nobody has the answer.There was much talk of an influx of comedians whose sets promised variations on the old ”it’s political correctness gone mad” trope, as if their views were new, a kind of truth-telling backlash against the myth that comics are being silenced by bossy, you-can’t-say-that leftwingers. That may surprise anyone who has glanced at the internet ever. In the interests of giving it a go I went to see Titania McGrath (Pleasance Above), the brainchild of comedian and Jonathan Pie co-creator Andrew Doyle. McGrath came to Twitter fame as an account spoofing millennial activism and ”wokeness”, but here she has been turned into a raving posho who hates homeless people. It got itself in a tangle, unsure, in the end, whether it was sending up wokeness or hypocrisy, and falling between both, as McGrath, played by Alice Marshall, became neither satire nor true monster. Clearly, however, she has watched a lot of Kate Tempest performances, so if slam poetry impersonations are your thing, fill your boots. Continue reading...
Author : Rebecca Nicholson