Don't Run with Scissors (3 stars)

This article is from 2010

Don't Run with Scissors

A Betrayal of Penguins can't quite regain of glory of 2009

Like most glorious debut ventures, the ‘difficult second album’ syndrome is a tough nut to batter. And try as they might, A Betrayal of Penguins just can’t quite regain the glory of 2009 in their new show, Don’t Run with Scissors. Some might point to a line-up change at the head of this young Irish group or the addition of subsidiary characters (whether on screen or in the flesh) as factors in their slippage, but there’s nothing obviously wrong with the spirit or energy of the new performers.

While the story itself feels a touch hackneyed (a kids show is about to be shut down just at the point where a bomb is discovered on-set), it could simply be down to the fact that the shock of the new helped in their favour last year while the weight of expectations may have proved too much for the BoPs to shoulder. Still, there’s enough verve about this silly show to keep big kids amused during a Fringe mid-afternoon.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 30 Aug (not 17), 2.45pm, £8.50–£10 (£7–£8.50).

A Betrayal of Penguins: Don't Run with Scissors

  • 3 stars

After last year's sell-out run, 'A Betrayal of Penguins' is back, presenting a kids' TV show that's doomed to fail. Come see 'the next big thing of Irish comedy'. 'Unmissable' ★★★★ (The List) 'Excellent' ★★★★ (ThreeWeeks). Note: mild language. Ages: PG

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