Edinburgh Festival reviews

Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder (Udderbelly) ⭐⭐

Making sense of this proved well beyond my investigative abilities. I wasn’t alone. Having scarpered after an hour I chatted to some twenty something escapees who felt the same.

Part of the problem is that the singing diction is poor but drowned out anyway by loud music and poor acoustics. That’s a big problem when singing is 90% of proceedings. The plot – I think – is about two podcasters trying to solve the murder of a famous crime novelist in Hull. I had huge hopes for this as the producers have a great creative track record.

To be fair, some of the audience seemed to enjoy it.

The Brief Life and Mysterious Death of Boris the 3rd, King of Bulgaria (Pleasance)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The remarkable, little known true story of the Bulgarian monarch who appeased the Nazis while secretly trying to save the lives of thousands of Jews.

Brilliantly realised. Catchy, witty songs, the bonus being that the dialogue is in the modern idiom so you know exactly what’s going on all the time even though it’s never on the nose. And it never feels inappropriate: which is some achievement, given the light tone but dark subject matter. A gem. Coming to the Arcola soon. Catch it if you can.

Our Man at the Edinburgh Festival has been 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 / The Grand Old Opera House Hotel  / Jack Docherty in David Bowie and Me: Parallel Lives / No Love Songs / Heaven / Jazz Emu / Gyles Brandreth Can’t Stop Talking here: Edinburgh Festival reviews

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