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Martha McBrier: Story-tastic


Martha McBrier: Story-tastic


52 West Port (Just off of Grassmarket)
Main Room: AUG 3-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 at 17:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

Martha McBrier: Story-tastic

McBrier returns to the Fringe with a 'greatest hits'compilation of short stories from her previous shows. Each story is condensed into a short, tight, laugh-tastic version of its previous self. Each story is the best, funniest yarn from any show from 2015.This is stand-up storytelling at it's very best, from a performer who has been called 'the female Billy Connolly' and described as 'funny like Chic Murray was funny'

“Female comic genius”***** Kate Copstick – the Scotsman “A hoot” ***** Scotsgay“A knack for funny storytelling **** Broadway Baby“The hour appeared to flash by much too quickly” **** one4review.

Award-winning Glaswegian comedian tells stories from a lifetime of incidents. 'McBrier's comedy is not so much a talent as a true gift' ***** (Scotsman). Expect yarns about penguins, hypnosis, and helpful Glaswegians. Known for her improv skills, McBrier is now a favourite at The Moth London. 'When it comes to working a room, McBrier is one of the best in the business' **** (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk). 'Bloody impressive' **** (Metro). 'Kittenish coquetry and bare knuckle coarseness' (Scotland on Sunday). 'A hoot from start to finish' ***** (ScotsGay.co.uk). You will be shouting, 'Gimme the baby'.

This year we have two entry methods: Free & Unticketed or Pay What You Can
Free & Unticketed: Entry to a show is first-come, first served at the venue - just turn up and then donate to the show in the collection at the end.
Pay What You Can: For these shows you can book a ticket to guarantee entry and choose your price from the Fringe Box Office, up to 30 mins before a show. After that all remaining space is free at the venue on a first-come, first-served bases. Donations for walk-ins at the end of the show.

News and Reviews for this Show

August 25, 2023    The Scotsman

I am sitting in the Dragonfly enjoying one of their fabulous cocktails and the great privilege of having one of Scotland's greatest gifts to comedy and storytelling create wonder and laughter and sadness and memories just for me. While that is a never-to-be-forgotten experience for me, it is a massive fail for everyone else in Edinburgh who wants to laugh, to care, to wonder and – as a special treat – to judge. This latest hour of enchanting taletelling has a clever twist.

At the end of each of the five stories Martha tells, we, the audience get to adjudicate on whether she behaved, in the story, like a "Good Person”, or a “C***”. The stories are vintage, glorious McBrier, and, as such, all absolutely true. They range through the moral dilemma faced in a battle between Kate Bush and a memory foam mattress, accidental budgicide, Satanism, and death threats from a unhinged student in her lifeskills class.

Some of the stories are harsh, because the times they come from were harsh. I almost felt sorry for Johnny Consequences, even though he was probably a Satanist. You have to listen to the woman herself to hear the music she makes with language. There is a laugh pretty much in every line she utters, and not one of them comes in traditional ‘joke’ form.

This is comedy in its natural habitat, running free through stories and random thoughts. Any one of the tales is worth getting to the Dragonfly to hear, and be prepared for tears as well as laughter. Anyone who knows Cumbernauld is in for some very special moments here. Martha McBrier makes you believe that Thalia actually existed, and that she came from Glasgow. Kate Copstick Click Here For Review