One of the joys of the Edinburgh festival is the range & variety of shows available to see. One of the drawbacks of the
Edinburgh festival is that even if you watched every show for a solid month without eating or sleeping you would still
miss something good.
However, one of the bonuses in recent years has been the rise of the Edinburgh previews. This give you a chance to
sample some shows before they reach the Scottish capital, and as a reviewer it enables you to alert audience members
about some hidden gems worth unearthing.
The Cardiff Comedy festival has cleverly scheduled itself to pick up a lot of shows. In fact the selection is so strong you
still have to limit your choices. These shows as clearly "work in progress" and can be hit or miss. If you read your previous
reviews you will see we are currently 1-1 on previews we have enjoyed this year.
The Edinburgh fringe is all about taking chances and although I didn't know much about Louise Reay I was intrigued by the premise of her show "It's Only Words" which is that only 7% of communication is through words. She then proceeded to prove that you don't have to understand the words to thoroughly enjoy fifty minutes of breakneck comedy.
I have seen a lot of comedy over the years and this is one of the most extraordinary performances I have ever witnessed. Whilst proving herself fluent in a foreign language she proceeded to guide her audience through a variety of film and television references, involving some great audience participation.
It isn't a perfect show as I found a certain television soap references repetitive and a lot is asked of the audience members, not all of whom were up to the task.
However, I will guarantee you won't see another show like this on the fringe, so if you want to be educated, surprised and entertained check out either the previews or the show in Edinburgh :
or in Edinburgh: