Fraser Millward's Masquerade! (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Fraser Millward's Masquerade!

A ballsy character affair makes for a memorable Fringe experience

This is the kind of memorable (if occasionally questionable) experience that the Fringe was once renowned for before heavy marketing and slick professionalism got right in the way. Though given that the audience comprised one reviewer, one paying punter (a DJ called Daniel) and a venue worker who was coaxed into the participation elements (of which there were plenty), this may have afforded Fraser Millward’s show an extra rabbit-in-the-headlights dimension. It would certainly be interesting to see how all this would play out in front of a bigger crowd.

With a touch of the Adam Riches about him, Millward unleashes characters such as a Dr Strangelove-esque medic who may or may not be dabbling in premature euthanasia, a slimy host of the worst game show ever and, best of all, the bus driver who, as the revellers out on Bristo Square find out, is loudly perplexed to discover that one of his luxury coaches has gone missing. Fraser Millward’s Masquerade! is a ballsy character affair.

Just the Tonic at Bristo Square, 556 5375, until 25 Aug, 4.10pm, £7.50–£8.50 (£7.50).

Fraser Millward's Masquerade!

  • 3 stars

Fast-paced sketch and character comedy from comedian Fraser Millward (as seen on BBC Comedy online). A coach driver's lost his passengers. A transport policeman's on a mission and a German doctor wants to kill you. 'Audience were falling over themselves with laughter. ****' – ThreeWeeks 'Performance art.' –…