Andrew Hunter Murray: Round One (4 stars)

This article is from 2016

Andrew Hunter Murray: Round One

credit: Damian Robertson

A debut set that brings this Austentatious guy firmly into the solo fold

There must be something they put in the water during those long Austentatious rehearsals. Barely a member of that improv troupe has produced less than excellent solo work at the Fringe (Joseph Morpurgo and Cariad Lloyd in previous years while Rachel Parris is going great guns at this one) and it's the turn of Andrew Hunter Murray to break out of his breeches for a fun-packed slab of character-led nonsense with Round One.

This deliciously silly debut hour is set in a pub where Tony Rebozo prepares to host his final ever pub quiz. But why would he bring the curtain down on his true obsession? Could it be that in the smartphone era, pub quizzes are now a cheat's paradise? Well, no, it appears that his decision is based on love, even if the object of those affections comes in the shape of his permanently grumpy and largely silent wife, tech assistant, and scorer, Angie.

Along the way, we meet a few over-the-top characters, primarily the samba guru Arturo Flame who gives parts of the body wonderfully bizarre descriptions. Throw in some witty audience banter and Murray has served up an opening solo show which promises plenty for the future.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 29 Aug, 4.15pm, £7–£9 (£6–£8.50).

Andrew Hunter Murray: Round One

  • 4 stars

The Austentatious star presents silly character comedy and eccentric wordplay.