Theatre review: Volte Face

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: This is a classic Fringe show: silly and unpolished, but crazy enough to not really happen anywhere else.

Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre (Venue 76)


A loosely connected but consistently surprising series of comedy sketches, it’s full of smart and subversive jokes by talented writer-performers Vanessa-Faye Stanley and Greg McLaren, with the latter playing that iconic Fringe figure: a man dressed as a sperm. Delivered like a kids’ show, but with adult language in places, the production needs a stronger central vision and more polished performances – but at its best it parodies female oppression, men who take charge, and women who let them, hinting at the more developed piece it could become.

Until 28 August. Today 2:15pm.