Voices in Your Head

With so much improvised comedy coming to Edinburgh every year, it’s important to create a formula for a show that allows it to stand out from the crowd. Fortunately, Deborah Frances-White’s Voices In Your Head is one that managed to deliver an original, frantic and unpredictable hour of comedy. With a strong supporting cast of comics that change each night, Frances-White adopts the role of a disembodied voice from behind the stage, thrusting the performers into a completely unplanned character performance, inspired by an eclectic blend of props, questions and audience interaction. Marcus Brigstocke, Greg McHugh, Anna Morris and Chris Martin were the four people presented before the rowdy crowd on Saturday night, with all contributing admirably to the chaos that followed, leaving the audience in stitches.

An hour of unhinged hilarity.

Frances-White did a sterling job of keeping the show moving along, giving the four guests no reprieve whilst generating more and more absurd twists and turns. Whilst it occasionally felt that her influence over the comics was rather overbearing, this seemed appropriate given the fast-paced nature of the improv, which could easily have spun out of control. With improved acts in particular it can prove detrimental to the comedy when performers have to spend more time devising new material, and Frances-White was well aware of that, constantly giving them more inspiration through her authoritative command over the hour. Marcus Brigstocke was on especially riotous form, introducing himself as the ‘whitest man from Jamaica’, whilst Greg McHugh took a different approach, acting as a slightly sinister doctor from the West Country. The cast did well to react to a variety of heckles from the unruly audience in imaginative style, which made the show even more impressive.

With a different group of comics appearing each night, Voices in Your Head promises something different every night. What you can be sure of, irrespective of the guests, is an hour of unhinged hilarity.

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The Blurb

Voices returns, pitting the festival's best comedians against a disembodied Voice who will interrogate and inspire, creating spontaneous comedy mayhem. Previous guests include: Marcus Brigstocke, Phill Jupitus, Hannibal Buress, Sara Pascoe, Russell Tovey, Joe Lycett and Fred MacAulay! ‘Inventive, funny, wildly ambitious - you'll never see anything like it’ ***** (Skinny). ‘An absolute treat ... not to be missed’ **** (One4Review.co.uk).