This Arthur's Seat Gala Belongs to Lionel Richie

As hour-long, mountain-top, star-studded, musical comedy extravaganzas go, this was a rather low-key affair. Much was made of the breathtaking location but quite apart from that, it was a very friendly, entertaining gig.

In a one-off extended edition of the daily version of the show, hosted by Barry Ferns (who claims questionably that he has changed his name to Lionel Richie off the back of this series of shows), the intrepid audience, having entered through the specially constructed ‘door’ to the venue, was treated first to comedian Joel Dommett with a string of Seat-inspired observations and witticisms. It was bound to be a site-specific show.

He was followed by A Moveable Feast and the band didn’t buck the trend, opening with a song entitled Going Up Arthur’s Seat. The crowd never quite caught on to the chorus like the band wanted, but it was enjoyable enough and they returned later with more catchy, folky, audience participatory tunes.

If these two didn’t quite hit the right tone, the jokes made about Arthur’s Seat in fact belonging to the next performer seemed almost plausible; the legendary Arthur Smith looked like he was born to perform on a mountain. So assured is he that he included a period of silence in his short set, ‘usually the worst enemy of a comedian, but somehow appropriate up here,’ he affirmed.

American Tony Law completed the line-up with more excellent topical (or topological) humour. The show was perhaps stolen, however, by Law’s two young children who excitedly grabbed at the microphone only to hold it more or less in silence staring blankly at the audience who were nonetheless charmed, and entertained by Law’s witty interjections. Ferns pointed out that we were witnessing the youngest performers on the Fringe at the oldest venue on the Fringe. This is not the first time in its 350 million year history that Arthur’s Seat has seen a comedy gig and, judging by this one’s popularity, is sure not to be the last.

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

The Blurb

One of the most memorable shows in Edinburgh! Since 2007 Josie Long, Simon Munnery and Rich Fulcher have played this fun, friendly, spectacular, one of a kind gig. Don't miss it!

Most Popular See More

The Phantom of the Opera

From £27.00

More Info

Find Tickets

SIX

From £21.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Grease the Musical

From £20.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £15.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Matilda the Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets