Since forming in 2005 in Aberdeen, the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre have performed internationally and on television around the UK. Aided by Puppet Master Kev F. Sutherland who writes their material (yes, there is a man behind the magic), the woollen duo have attracted rave reviews at the Fringe since 2007. The new production, And So Am I, takes a humorous look at the Scottish referendum. Along the way the socks also cover Mumford and Sons and UKIP - a key feature of any 2014 satire.
And So Am I is one of the most bizarre and delightful things you will find at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It’s very silly, but very clever fun.This is a silly, laugh-out-loud piece of theatre that anyone with an interest in politics will find funny. There’s a mixture of ridiculous humour and witty satire that carries the show along at a pleasant pace. A slight issue arises when it turns out that the entire audience is either English, Swiss or German, as the referendum debate within the show relies rather heavily on Scottish audience members having their say. This is well-handled, however and there’s never a sense of the sock puppets dying on their (proverbial) feet.
The musical numbers make up some of the show’s highlights, with melodies you may have heard before. An X-Rated sing-along of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious has the audience gleefully cursing away and an array of musicals make up the tune to the glorious UKIP song. However, what astounds me most is the stamina that Sutherland shows proof of: he has to keep jabbering non-stop for an hour and maintain a high level of enthusiasm throughout. Both sock puppets have clear personalities and are very loveable, if a little weird.
And So Am I is one of the most bizarre and delightful things you will find at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It’s very silly, but very clever fun.