The Great Puppet Horn (2 stars)

This article is from 2012

The Great Puppet Horn

Shadow puppetry show that leaves the comedy in another room

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).

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…