Beasts (4 stars)

Slick, impressive sketch comedy from the first-time posse

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This article is from 2012.

Beasts

Beasts (they look nothing of the sort) are three very smart young men who deliver one of the slickest sketch shows of this year's Fringe. Polo-necked, be-suited and bow-tied in turn, they open up with a po-faced, stylised but nevertheless comedic dance routine that makes you wonder if it's all going to be a bit style over substance. But no, it's just as neat and tidy in substance too.

Though the trio have worked together before, albeit it in different combinations and productions, this is their first year as a sketch group and it's an impressive debut.

Many of the conceits are simple ones, the Easter Bunny arrested by the police for poking about in someone's garden, how one of the more ridiculous of computer games may have began life and the suspense Eric Hill's Where's Spot? can provoke when read by an over-anxious young man. But elsewhere there are skits that are sublimely surprising. One in particular will guarantee that you'll never again be blasé about how you choose to place your biscuits on a plate.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 27 Aug (not 14), 2.25pm, £8--£9 (£7--£8).

This article is from 2012.

BEASTS

  • 3 stars

DAA Management. Immerse yourself in a world of shadowy secrets, mystical dynasties and political intrigue. Or come to this sketch show. Critically acclaimed and impeccably-dressed, BEASTS return to Edinburgh with another hour of inspired silliness. 'Staggeringly brilliant… Slick, surreal and wonderfully unique' ★★★…

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