- Brian Donaldson
- 18 August 2009
This article is from 2009.
Clydebank’s finest (unless you’re a fan of Duncan Bannatyne or Wet Wet Wet) makes his Fringe debut here with An Hour to Sing for Your Soul. Extra dates were ratcheted onto his schedule after his appearance on that Michael McIntyre vehicle led to a flood of demand. Such mainstream exposure has its downside, of course, and the word is that some local neds have sat in on the show taking photos on their mobiles. Tonight, it’s just a quartet of laid-back drunks who float in late but thankfully don’t ruin the mood with Bridges getting into his stride early on and maintaining a high standard throughout.
There’s a pleasing mateyness about Bridges who giggles at the reaction to his darker material and shows a considerable grasp of audience interaction which proves he has learned plenty during his seven years in the stand-up game. Circumstances have deemed him too big for this pokey Dome stage and while he makes enough remarks to denigrate the venue, it doesn’t prevent him from taking his task by the throat and delivering an accomplished set.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 31 Aug, 9.15pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9); Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 21 Aug, 10.20pm, £12 (£10.50); 26 Aug, 11.15pm, £12 (£10.50); 28 & 29 Aug, 3pm, £11 (£9.50); 29 & 30 Aug, 6.20pm, £12 (£10.50).