Brief History of Scotland - We Done Loads, A

  • 10 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

This show got a lot off its chest. It starts promisingly with Adam and Eve, naked but for strategic bits of black cardboard, and the voice of Connery as God in the Garden of Edin(burgh). There were some funny sideswipes, mostly at Scotland itself, but there's a petulance under it all that says ‘OK, we can laugh at ourselves (no bad thing) but we'd like to be taken more seriously, if that's
OK with the rest of you’. The show starts as one, long, stretched sketch, veers off into some dodgy areas attacking neds and street beggars, the weather, JK Rowling, Mel Gibson, the English, football supporters, American tourists and … the French.

That one confused me. I thought that was an English prejudice; Calais and all that. Some great, real-McCoy accents, though, that no Festival audience will have heard or knew existed. (Eliza Langland)

Sweet Grassmarket, until 25 Aug, 6.35pm

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