'In this way I shall preserve many things that would otherwise be lost in oblivion. I shall find daily employment for myself, which will save me from indolence and help to keep off the spleen, and I shall lay up a store of entertainment for my after life.'

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This blog mainly contains reviews from the Edinburgh Festivals from 2008 to 2010 which I wrote for the Edinburgh Festivals Magazine. These reviews cover everything from comedy to contemporary dance; children's theatre to Handel.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Randy’s Postcards from Purgatory Review

Randy’s Postcards from Purgatory

Randy has a drinking problem, and has hit rock bottom in his career as a child entertainer. His relationship is dangling by a thread and he’s got a hangover. Randy is also a puppet.

Yes, puppets have come a long way since Bill and Ben the flower pot men. As Randy demonstrates, the modern puppet is as likely to smoke pot as to live in one. McLvor, with his hand up Randy’s backside for the duration, far from leaving the audience dangling with a puppet more foam than substance, has created a character with a human depth and world weary cynicism. It is slightly disconcerting watching a puppet talk about such real subjects as drink, love and money. At least Kermit the Frog had a more innocent no strings attached approach to comedy.

Obviously a large chunk of the humour lays in the fact Randy is a puppet, although McLvor has constructed a witty and intelligent script. Needless to say, he is also a master puppeteer and has honed the subtle art to give maximum enjoyment to the audience.

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