Theatre review: In Holy Matri-moany
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: In Holy Matri-moany at theSpace on North Bridge (Venue 36), reviewed by David Pollock
Welcome to the wedding of Pippa and Jason, your typical marital disaster. Pippa’s maid-of-honour has some stories about all those boyfriends her mate has been through, especially the pregnancy scare in 2010. Don’t worry, though, that boyfriend’s still in jail.
Meanwhile, one of the bridesmaids has a pitiful crush on Jason, and the fact that the amusingly meek groom is actually gay and in denial about it is the least of the reasons she should get over it. Moreover, both of the fathers and the best man all look remarkably similar, and a great performance from the actor playing them all means there’s a great deal more humorous mileage in that than you would expect.
With an eight-strong cast of young actors, this farce is perfectly organised and genuinely very funny, with seamless levels of observation and character-building.
It’s episodic and not blessed with a more ambitious setting than a single, sitcom-style location, but this is just right for the knockabout, very self-contained style. As a light, populist comedy with a strong and well-crafted sense of audience identification, it comes well-recommended, while all of the talent on stage are given a finely judged vehicle for showing off their skills as comedy actors.
Until 22 August. Today 3:05pm
More info: In Holy Matri-moany is at theSpace on North Bridge
Originally published in The Scotsman