Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre - Back in E.D.I.N.Braw

I'm sorry if my updates weren't as numerous yesterday, but I've been going to a lot of shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and have been low on time. However, I wanted to make up for it by including a few reviews of what I've seen and some clips where I can find them. Here's the first one:

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Goes to Hollywood

We entered the tiny, hot, Gilded Balloon venue at Teviot, to the strains of the sock puppets’ latest song ‘Back in E.D.I.N Braw’. As we shuffled to our seats in the third of only three rows (the place must hold less than fifty people) I giggled hearing the lyrics ‘The Morningside ladies really knock me out’ to the tune of the Beatles classic ‘Back in the U.S.S.R.’
Although this is the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre’s third year at the Edinburgh Fringe, this was the first time I’d seen them, and looking at the small, tartan lined stage on the stage, it was tricky to know what to expect.
When the lights went down, we were treated to a show that was, from the outset, so funny, so original and so entertaining, we didn’t want it to end. Their googly-eyed charm was hard to beat and every song was a winner. Even if you’ve seen them on youtube, nothing could compare with the raw magic of their live show. It’s difficult to review this show without giving too much away, but highlights included: their opening song, the honestly named ‘I’m a sock’; a topical parody of ‘Footloose’; a blasphemous and hilarious cover of the Mary Poppins number ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’; a side splitting tribute to Michael Jackson and a light sabre fight I’ll never forget. Lets just say this show is varied, imaginative, charming, highly original and uproarious.
By the time their creator (Kev F Sutherland) emerged from behind the little tartan set, red faced and sweating, to tumultuous applause I remember thinking - who would’ve thought sock puppets could fill an hour so engagingly? It’s the show that keeps on giving, as you’ll be quoting it long after the festival is over.

Buy tickets for the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre in this year's Fringe here

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