The Edinburgh Festival has been going since 1947 and has grown to be one of the largest and most exciting art festivals in the world. Whether you regard yourself as a serious comedy fan or a regular theatre goer, there is nothing that compares to the excitement and madness that surrounds this Festival. Incredibly there are more than 3000 unique and inspiring shows over the course of August which includes theatre, dance, comedy, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music and the spoken word. Venues are located all around the city, from damp, dark basements to the grander surrounds of Edinburgh University.
This is where likely lads Tom Dowling and Kieran Ahern are happily housed for the duration of their time at the fringe with their show Good Kids: On Tap. Their comedy is mixed up with songs and monologues, and with the backdrop of their local pub these two over the course of an hour manage to produce memorable characters as they regale the audience with their tales of woe. Many are performed by Ahern, whose performance style does have a ring of Les Dawson about it - an easy banter is created between performers and audience that works very well with this type of comedy. Dowling leads the way with guitar and there are several very funny songs performed that only adds more layers to this very well written piece.
Pub humour yes, but mostly this is observational comedy, characters that are easily recognisable in any pub across the land. Their writing is witty, punchy and right on the ball and is performed brilliantly by Ahern and Dowling.
Good Kids: On Tap is one to put on your list as a highlight of the Fringe, a good mix of comedy, characters and music these two Brummy boys will have you giggling in the aisles.