FRINGE REVIEW – Boo Lingerie, The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, Gilded Balloon


It’s as if Morecambe and Wise have been reincarnated as a pair of socks.

One of the wooly grey googly-eyed creations is the straight sock, attempting to bring to life his serious dramatisations of horror classics. Whilst literally on the other hand, his partner in footwear does all he can to cause chaos, through a series of witty, pun-filled and downright daft interjections.

After a break last year, The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre make a welcome return to the Fringe with the (very loosely) horror themed Boo Lingerie. The brainchild of Kev Sutherland, the socks’ intentionally shambolic shows are a consistent delight: impressing not only with their charmingly chaotic puppetry, but with the quality of Sutherland’s writing and comic ad-libbing.

Humour ranges from gloriously cringeworthy puns to knitwear-delivered witticisms (“wouldn’t sinister footsteps just be the sound of hopping?”); all of this coupled with a tartan-draped puppet booth which wobbles and shakes as the Socks swap outfits, bring on ‘special guests’ and reach for their musical instruments.

Amidst the quickfire quips and clever asides, it’s easy to forget that this double act are the creation of only one man. Whether performing a song about the cliches of slasher movies, or presenting a ridiculous dramatisation of Jekyll & Hyde, Sutherland’s inspired skill and manic energy always impresses: and his rude but lovable sock-clad hands always entertain.

So never mind the stand-ups, here’s the Sock Puppets.

Boo Lingerie is at the Gilded Balloon until 26 Aug at 2240. More details are available on the Fringe website.

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