Get Divorced and Join the Circus
- Brian Donaldson
- 28 August 2014
This article is from 2014
Harp playing comedian unique to Edinburgh Festival Fringe
There’s little doubt that Ursula Burns has a unique selling point for a Fringe comedy show. She has a harp and she’s not afraid to use it. Remarking from the off that being placed in the comedy section is merely a ploy to get people into her show, Burns announces the beginning of a 60-minute harp recital featuring 147 medieval tunes in B flat. There’s palpable relief when that instantly proves not to be the case and the goodwill she has manufactured within the room gets her through the hour.
Having been part of a circus and then a horse-drawn theatre company must surely mean that Burns has stories aplenty, but she mainly sidesteps autobiography (aside from one song wishing that she had been born near the sun-soaked beaches of Honolulu rather than the war-torn streets of Belfast) for numbers about fracking and surveillance.
She also muses fairly honestly that she is only in this for the money, but that simply can’t tell the full story. Her finale of smooching up to her instrument while horizontal and playing Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing Cars’ shows exactly how much Burns loves her harp and is a welcome spot of innovation to end the show with.
The Stand V, run ended.