Edinburgh Festival reviews

The Grand Old Opera House Hotel (Traverse) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

In which two cleaners at a very beige luxury hotel which was once an opera house fall in love without actually meeting. The building is – of course – haunted by the music and characters of its past.

Combines farce, classic 70s sitcom and lots of opera, but delivered in a way even the most opera-sceptic punter will enjoy. Clever, moving, magical. Does what all fabulous theatre should:  it takes you places. Literally and metaphorically.

Jack Docherty in David Bowie and Me: Parallel Lives (Gilded Balloon) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

In which the 60 something comedian mixes observational stand up (most of it about sex and drugs) with a coming of age tale about taking  his teenage crush to a 1970s Bowie concert in Edinburgh.

Twenty years later Jack would interview his hero for his eponymous C5 chat show. Warm, funny, relatable and intelligent: the argument as to why we shouldn’t cancel our cultural heroes is the most compelling I’ve heard.

Our thanks to ‘Jonny from Chiswick’ aka Our Man at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Our Man at the Edinburgh Festival will be there all week. See his reviews for Dark Noon / Lena / Rosie Holt – That’s Politainment! / Adults / Steve Richards presents: Rock  ‘n’ Roll Politics / Tomatoes Tried to kill Me but Banjos Saved my Life / No Love Songs / Heaven / here: Edinburgh Festival reviews