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(O) 3 out of 74
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Old Habits Die Hard. (Page 59).
Drams .
Venue Underbelly . (Venue No 61)
Address 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria St) .
Reviewer Anna Kay.

Amongst the chaos, innovation and occasional nudity of the Fringe, it is refreshing to see an ordinary, old fashioned student revue show. Old Habits Die Hard is not neither drab nor overly memorable, but a perfectly pleasant way to spend an hour of your afternoon. The quality of the performances, much like the quality of the pieces themselves, were diverse. One performer lost focus several times over the course of things, only to finally corpse, which showed lack of professionalism and a let down to his co-stars. Special mention, however, must go to Hannah Yadi whose mixture of believability and comic talent show a very promising young actor.

There are some many genuinely funny sketches in this piece, with traditional and more surreal humour sitting side by side, if not always comfortably. I would like to have seen a through line, though, or at least a theme, as it is otherwise a little vague and unstructured.Old Habits Die Hard is a good show; taking the best actors and the best sketches into a solid structure would make it exceptional.
©Anna Kay 13 August 2006 - Published on EdinburghGuide.com.
Runs to August 27 (not 15) at 16:15 every day.
Company – The Durham Revue.
Company Website - www.durhamrevue.com .


The Oxford Imps. (Page 60).
Drams full glass full glass.
Venue C Central. (Venue 54).
Address Carlton Hotel, North Bridge.
Reviewer Anna Kay.

I'm instantly uplifted on entering the Cabaret bar at C Central. Upbeat music and a general good ambience in the room make me feel this is going to be a good show, and I'm not disappointed. Six cast members take suggestions from the audience to form short improvised comedy sketches, and the performers are very talented and quick on their feet - this isn't as easy as it looks.

Their only real let down is their compere, a young woman performing a job which could so easily be done by one of the actors, who tries to make up for her lack of confidence by shouting in a very high pitched voice. I also feel the flamboyant ending of each sketch could be a little less self-indulgent. Their strength, however, lies in not resorting to easy laughs - there was not one sexual innuendo for the whole 50 minutes, making it a rarity - something that can genuinely be enjoyed by all ages.
©Anna Kay 16 August 2006 - Published on EdinburghGuide.com
Runs to August 28 at 15:35 every day.
Company - Oxford Imps Productions.
Company Website - www.oxfordimps.com.


The Oxford Revue. (Page 60).
Drams , less for the songs.
Venue Underbelly . (Venue 61).
Address 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria St) .
Reviewer Anna Kay.

The compere of this show, Jeffrey Valentine, Max Pritchard, greets us flamboyantly to this student revue show, boding well, it seems, for the rest of the show. Unfortunately his character then starts to grate very quickly, before the highly predictable ‘twist’ at the end. This is a pity because he provides a through line to an otherwise random set of sketches.

Some of the pieces here are funny, some are filler. They are young students finding out what works and what is funny, and so the material comes across as slightly obvious to anyone over 21. Their writing strength, however, lies in the songs, which are both lyrically and musically very strong. Given this, the performers do have to work hard to maintain their voices. They have two weeks to go and the show is already being seriously effected by Fringe laryngitis.Overall, this is a mediocre show compensated for by some outstanding performances – I’d like to see this crew with slightly better material.
©Anna Kay 13 August 2006 - Published on EdinburghGuide.com.
Runs to August 27 (not 16) at 17:55 every day.
Company – The Oxford Revue.
Company Website - www.oxfordrevue.co.uk

(O) 3 out of 74
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