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The Dog-Eared Collective: You’re Better Than This

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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It’s easy to become weary of sketch shows at the fringe but on a wet Edinburgh afternoon, The Dog Eared Collective will show you how it’s done. Veterans of the fringe, the collective are now on their fifth show and with a number of five star reviews and celebrity endorsements (including David Hyde Pearce) it’s a wonder they haven’t hit big yet. It’s only a matter of time.

Constantly creative, this show is technically highly proficient, weaving madcap characters with hysterical props, excellent soundtrack and audience interaction. One favourite has to be a pitch black St Johns Ambulance sketch involving a resuscitation doll hostage scenario and the live recreation of a 13-year-old's street dance movie – in 3D!

Made up of one guy and three girls, they work as a tight unit embracing the audience as a fifth member of this quirky and dysfunctional family. Hilariously dark in a totally original way and haemorrhage-inducingly funny I can’t recommend this group highly enough. If you like sketch comedy or even if you don’t – you can’t get better than this!

- Alex Oates


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