Vladimir McTavish and Keir McAllister Look at the State of Scotland

Review by Barrie Morgan | 13 Aug 2012
  • Vladimir McTavish and Keir McAllister

This is a barbed wire fence of a show, there's just no sitting on it. Billed as the only show at the Fringe dedicated to the topic of Scottish Independence, it's sure to polarise. Or is it? Throughout the hour, local favourite Keir McAllister patters with Edinburgh stalwart Vladimir McTavish (aka Paul Sneddon), as they seek to explore said issue. They discuss the topic at length and give due respect to the weight of the situation, but, sadly, no-one else seems to care. As the set progresses it becomes apparent that the main underlying issue isn't the referendum at all but voter apathy. And apathy in general.

The duo blend nicely as a double act, comfortably bouncing off each other and displaying a great chemistry. A lot of the material seems to go over the crowd's head tonight, practically underlining the very reason for the show superbly. This is insightful, satirical, political and by very definition educational. The national anthem at the end is a great example of local comedy done well; the show has a thrust, literally like no other this year, as it addresses important Scottish issues that some would rather fence.

Vladimir McTavish and Keir McAllister Look at the State of Scotland, Stand IV, until 26 August (not 13), 19:00, £8.00/£7.00 http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy/vladimir-mctavish-and-keir-mcallister-look-at-the-state-of-scotland