The Great Puppet Horn (2 stars)

Shadow puppetry show that leaves the comedy in another room

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This article is from 2012.

The Great Puppet Horn

The Great Puppet Horn showed a devilish side recently by using their vast shadow puppet skills to project an image of Stewart Lee onto Edinburgh Castle. It was not an act of idolatry towards the agitprop comic, but the Horn guys were expressing their annoyance at his criticism of the Fringe’s rampant commercialism.

All fine and well, though the key beef appeared to be the lack of reviewers booking in to see their show; quite how that is old Stew’s fault is anyone’s guess. The quality of their own product is down to no one but themselves, and frankly they are their worst own enemies.

If improv and musical comedy are the poor relations in this game, shadow puppetry has to be the form’s black sheep. While there’s no doubting the technical ability shown by Jeremy Bidgood and Lewis Young (though the hour wasn’t without its fluffs), the problem is embedded in the writing. A story which brings together polar bears, Sean Connery and the LibDem coalition has to be a very skilful beast indeed. Unfortunately this is the comedic equivalent of a bloody neutering.

Underbelly, Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 26 Aug, 5.30pm, £9--£10.50 (£8--£9.50).

This article is from 2012.

The Great Puppet Horn

  • 2 stars

This is cardboard stuck to a stick at its best! Cutting comedy from Britain's leading satirical shadow-puppet duo. In a mere 60 minutes hundreds of puppets are animated at break-neck speed to provide up-to-the-minute commentary on everything from global finance to polar bears. As discarded politicians fly by your ears…

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1. Lewis Young22 Aug 2012, 4:22pm Report

Hi Brian,

Actually just wanted to thank you for reviewing our show early on in the run and we're happy to take it on the the chin- it's not for eveyone.

We've been selling out due to audience recommendation, but did our tongue in cheek publicity stunt to shamelessly maximise our exposure and have a laugh. Hope you've had one too, albeit in other shows. 

Love, TGPH

2. Whole Hog Theatre23 Aug 2012, 2:47pm Report

^^^ THAT is how you deal with criticism. Guys, your show was very entertaining and perfect Fringe fare. I'm very glad you've been getting good audiences, it's nothing less than you deserve. Best of luck for the rest of your run.

Charlie.

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