Friday, 23 August 2013
Socks in the Daily Record "...will knock your socks off"
An excellent review in today's
By Barry Gordon
Theatre review: Space age comedy involving puppets will knock your socks off
23 Aug 2013 11:47
THE popular Scottish Falsetto Puppets are back at the Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, until August 25.
SOCK it to me. The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets are back. Only this time, the googly-eyed pair are boldly going where no item of loose-fitting footwear has ever gone before – outer space and the world of science fiction.
Sticking a couple of socks on your hands for a laugh is the kind of thing you might get up to with your pals after a drunken night out.
For Falsetto Sock creator Kev Sutherland, however, it’s a critically-acclaimed Fringe sell-out. No fancy theatrics here, thank-you very much, just a rickety stand, some cheap costumes and a room full of laughs.
The sketches run from Star Trek to Star Wars and along the way there’s a brief glimpse of Scotland’s answer to the big blockbuster sci-fi movies.
Movies like Avatartan and Bladescunner, for example. Iron Man becomes Irn-Bru man at one stage, and as things get sillier you feel like you’re going through an out-of-sock experience.
The highlights, though, come via interaction with the audience, which ensure the fast-witted Sutherland’s shows are different each time. When he – sorry, the Falsetto Socks – got hit with a movie title they didn’t recognise, it merely ramped up the laughter rippling through the hall.
New Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, gets the sock treatment, while David Bowie pops up to receive the starman effect. The ‘ship in a bottle’ routine got dragged out over the hour-long performance without ever losing its humour and no cheesy end-of-pier show would be complete without a couple of songs, either.
Tourists might struggle with the Scots references occasionally and you really need to get close to the front of the stage in order to fully appreciate the act. That said, even if the sound of squeaky socks seems too lowbrow, rest assured you’ll be laughing your own socks off by the end.
Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre (and Kev F the comic artist)
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