Tuesday 6 August 2013

★★★★ Edinburgh Spotlight "Some of the finest-written and performed (comedy) on the Fringe"

Here we see the Socks about to perform in the BBC EdinFest pink tent on the Potterow today. Great fun, and a chance to do stuff that's not in the new show (like Halloween, the Magic routine, and Michael Jackson, all in family friendly form). And if that wasn't enough fun for one day, here's our first review of the Fringe, courtesy of Edinburgh Spotlight:

FRINGE REVIEW – The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre – In Space

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Although they have always had their knitted feet firmly planted on the ground, the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre have long had their little googly eyes set firmly on the stars.

Previous Sock Puppets shows have been knee-deep with pop culture references. By focusing on sci-fi this time around, they are almost at risk of disappearing completely beneath a fast-paced deluge of geeky — and above all extremely funny — movie and comic-book references.

The show’s shambolic nature is its greatest conceit: the slapdash puppet booth, the rubbish costumes, the frantic ad-libbing and corpsing (especially impressive given this is the work of just one man’s voice and constantly outstretched hands). Yet all this mayhem can’t hide the fact that the comedy on offer here is some of the finest-written and performed on the Fringe.

From the point of lift off, the Socks have the sell-out crowd picking up every stitch of sci-fi related tomfoolery. From (intentionally) toe-curling improv to ‘big budget’ special effects — even a guest appearance from everyone’s favourite Starman, a hilariously parodied geriatric David Bowie.

The biggest laughs probably come from an impression of Peter Capaldi as a foul-mouthed Dalek-battling Doctor in the thick of it, yet the fast-paced hour is filled with more than enough wit, slapstick and innuendo to keep even the stoniest-faced of timelords happy.

Far funnier than two pieces of knitted footwear have any right to be, The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre are well worth blasting off to the Gilded Balloon to catch before their Fringe orbit passes by for another year.

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre In Space, 10.15pm July 31st - Aug 25th at The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Fringe 2013.

"A must see show yet again" ★★★★★ 5 stars York Mix
"Some of the finest-written and performed (comedy) on the Fringe" ★★★★ 4 stars Edinburgh Spotlight
"The unparalleled pinnacle of comedy puppetry" ★★★★★ 5 stars Venue (Bath preview)
"Brilliant night of entertainment" ★★★★ 4 stars The Fiction Stroker (Manchester preview)
"Will have you literally laughing your socks off' ★★★★ 4 stars The Public Reviews (Warwick Arts preview)
"Gloriously anarchic act" ★★★★ 4 stars Latest 7 (Brighton preview)
"My face hurt from smiling" ★★★★ 4 stars Broadway Baby (Brighton preview)

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