Tue 8 Aug 2017
It’s that time of year again! The festival is in full swing in Edinburgh and the city is buzzing. I’m having a pretty busy summer and haven’t got many plans for the festival, but I did get the chance to go to Forth On The Fringe at Edinburgh Playhouse on Saturday night. Put on by local radio station Radio Forth, this show has been running for the last 12 years. It is the largest showcase event of the Fringe, featuring a selection of acts from shows across the festival.
Boogie and Arlene, of Radio Forth 1’s breakfast show, hosted the evening. I listen to them in my car most days, so it was kind of weird to see them in real life. They were great hosts, introducing each of the acts as they came on stage. The line up was awesome. We got to see such a great variety of comedy and entertainment.
There were some really well known stand-up comedians Stephen K Amos, Jimoein, Reginald D Hunter, Ed Byrne, plus impressionist Jan Ravens. I have seen them all on TV before, and it was great to see them live. Their anecdotes and observations were so funny, they had the audience in stitches. Ravens’ impression of Theresa May was particularly brilliant.
Clive Anderson was there with his team from the improv show Who’s Line Is It Anyway. They took suggestions from the audience to create scenarios, which they would then act out. I’m always impressed by this type of comedy as you have to be so quick witted to pull it off. It was lots of fun.
Then there were some new comedy discoveries. The real highlight was Jayde Adams. She had a really unique style of comedy and her rendition of Nessun Dorma was truly amazing. I think she is one to watch, and I would love to see her full show. I also loved the spoof dance troupe Hot Brown Honey. They were actually fantastic dancers, making fun of the ridiculous images and stereotypes we see in the media.
We were also treated to some dance and physical theatre from groups Briefs Factory, Circa and Djuki Mala. They were all brilliant and very different in their styles. I really enjoyed the performance from Circa, as they were just so spectacular to watch. They were actually standing on each others heads!!
Finally, The Magnets closed the show with some a capella 80s hits. I saw their show last year and am a big fan. The group of six singers blend their voices together so perfectly to create music, it’s hard to believe they aren’t using any musical instruments. I recognised only three members of the group from last year, as they do swap and change, but they were just as good as I remember.
I had a wonderful time at this year’s Forth On The Fringe. Every single act was fun and entertaining and it was well worth the £21 per ticket.
Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA