The Edinburgh Fringe Full Monty (nearly) – Day 10, 14th August 2022

Have I got a list of shows for today? I sure do!

Here’s the schedule for 14th August:

12.45 – The Kettling, The Space on the Mile. From the Edinburgh Fringe website:

The Kettling“Suddenly kettled at a climate change protest on the hottest day of the year, Kelly finds herself trapped with a volatile and unlikely mix of people. Battling to maintain a fragile peace, Kelly is forced to confront and challenge her principles as well as her motives. As the heat intensifies, tensions mount. But in the belly of the kettle, something is born. When people are pushed to their limits it can bring out the best, and very worst, of human nature.”

With the weather we’ve “enjoyed” recently, this play sounds spot on in addressing a vital issue of today. I hope it works well.

UPDATE: Hungry Wolf do it again with a very engrossing play set during a protest, where all kinds of people are kettled together, with their own motivations and reasons to protest. Some are filled with revenge, others just passing through get caught up in it. It nicely contrasts climate change protests with the refugee camp in Calais, with the two stories playing out side by side. Superb performances and a fascinating play. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

14.20 – Nina Gilligan: Late Developer, Just the Tonic at The Tron.

Nina Gilligan“Nina Gilligan is a so-called ‘late developer’. She’s never hit a single milestone and at 50 is still trying to grasp the complex rules of womanhood. She knows she’s not alone. As her eggs deplete and her body becomes hotter than earth’s core she is certain only of one thing: she refuses to go on a cruise. Both outrageous and loveable. A circuit favourite. Leicester Mercury Comedy award winner 2021. ‘A bolshier Mrs Merton with razor-sharp wit used at will’ (Skinny). ‘Breath-taking’ ***** (Student Newspaper). ‘Transcends any perceived age barriers effortlessly… charming sass’ ***** (”

Nina Gilligan is another new name to us but I like the idea of this show and I think there will be a lot of issues that Mrs Chrisparkle can identify with!

UPDATE: Nina specialises in finding fantastic new material on familiar subjects, like the Menopause, sex, relationships and so on. She has a fantastic delivery style, leading you in gently and then hitting you with a killer punchline. An excellent discovery! Loved the pigeon and Chris Whitty material – I’ll say no more. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

16.30 – Iain Dale: All Talk with Jess Phillips MP, Pleasance Dome.

Jess Phillips“Award-winning LBC radio presenter and For the Many podcast host brings his acclaimed, incisive insight on current affairs back to the Fringe with these in-depth interviews featuring audience questions. Today’s guest is Jess Phillips, the MP for Birmingham Yardley and Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding in Keir Starmer’s Labour frontbench team. ‘The indefatigable Iain Dale always cuts to the nub of politics’ (Adam Boulton). ‘There are very few commentators and broadcasters with an instinctive feel for real politics. Iain Dale does, which makes him endlessly listenable-to and peerless’ (Andrew Marr).”

Another big name for Iain Dale to interview; Jess Phillips is a bit of a hero in our household, so we’re looking forward to this.

UPDATE: The last of Iain Dale’s political interviews, this was a very entertaining conversation with someone who comes across as very human – and apparently hungover, which is extremely human! She says she’s not seeking the highest office and you can see that in her answers – although her dream job would be to become Home Secretary. Fascinating insights into the characters of Liz Truss and Priti Patel – things you wouldn’t have guessed. There’s no doubting her sincerity – and she has a great sense of humour. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

18.50 – An Eve and an Adam, Dance Base.

An Eve and an Adam“A beautiful, profoundly naked performance presented as nature intended. This is a performance celebrating the pure, authentic, original beauty of nudity – as a contrast to the versions given to us by social media. Increasingly we see uncovered bodies readily exposed all over social media. All kinds of pornography are easily available and widely consumed. Modesty no longer exists when it comes to the naked body in virtual culture, yet young people feel shamed by natural nudity. In this provocative show, Palle Granhøj asks: ‘what has happened to our relationship to our natural nudity?’”

Dance performed by nude dancers literally strips away the trappings of a show and reveals the truth of the movement, so the quality of the choreography and performance needs to be first class for this to work – but if it does, it can be breathtaking.

UPDATE: 50 minutes of excellent dancing, with strong, athletic choreography which occasionally gets a little repetitive. Great use of humour though, with the fig leaves and the apples, and a fully committed, bold and fully physical performance by both dancers. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

20.55 – Garry Starr: Greece Lightning, Underbelly, Cowgate.

Garry Starr“Winner of Best Comedy, Adelaide Fringe 2022 Weekly Awards. An overzealous idiot attempts to perform all of Greek mythology in less than 60 minutes to save his Hellenic homeland from economic ruin. Never before has Medusa been looser, Achilles more sillies, or Uranus so heinous. Having single-handedly saved the performing arts in 2018 with his multi award-winning debut show, Garry Starr Performs Everything, comic wunderkind Garry Starr returns with another anarchic masterclass not to be mythed. ‘Uproariously funny… a superb, accessible clown’ (Scotsman). ‘Exquisite clowning… effortlessly likeable… an hour you won’t want to end’ (List).”

“Garry Starr” had promised he had finished performing at the Fringe – but then he changed his mind, thank Heavens, because he is one of the most consistently brilliant performers seen anywhere. This will be a laugh a second, I’m sure.

UPDATE: I sometimes wonder how funny Garry Starr could be if he wasn’t quite so inhibited. That’s a joke, by the way – there is no one on stage who leaps over all the boundaries as much as Garry Elizabeth Starr. Once again the hammy thespian brings us a no-holds barred hour of unmitigated silliness which has to be seen to be believed. Don’t think that by avoiding the front row you won’t get involved (although if you do sit in the front row you might well see much more than you had bargained for!) Utter brilliance. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️