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Venue:Finnegan's Wake, 9b Victoria Street Edinburgh EH1 2HE
Phone: 0131 225 9348
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Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Back Room
AUG 4-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 at 17:00 (60 min)
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Martha “Pigeon Puncher” McBrier, “This will be a glorious hour of your life I promise” (5 stars The Scotsman, August 2015), returns to Edinburgh with another hour of true stories. This year, the helpful wee Glaswegian , “A naturally charismatic storyteller” **** Festmag, August 2015, will tell the funny and uplifting story of the time she took a group of mental health patients and encouraged them to compete in a pool tournament. Think of the film Cool Runnings (but set in Glasgow) with pool cues and a few unresolved issues. Taking part wasn't important, it was winning that really mattered! If you root for the underdog and you like funny stories, then this is the show for you. “A friendly voice with a knack for funny storytelling.” **** Broadway Baby, August 2015.

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August 20, 2016  Festival Magazine
Review for Martha McBrier: Japanese Boy
Others have noted that mental illness is a recurring theme in comedy shows this year, suggesting the redemptive nature of humour in managing widespread but misunderstood conditions. Martha McBrier’s show recounts her time working in a day hospital for people with a variety of diagnoses, and draws on the kinds of blunt and necessary humour that leaven such experiences. The narrative focuses on a team pool competition she encourages attendees at the centre to participate in. But this is merely a conceit enabling her to humanise those stigmatised by society, and the whole show encourages an inclusive and understanding approach to such conditions.

And what a storyteller she is. Clearly at home in a cramped venue, she’s a skilled narrator not averse to mocking the audience. It’s a rough and ready show, whose blunt edges align neatly with the tale being told. Jokes are raucous and rude, and well delivered. A reenactment of a day centre disco goes on a little too long, but still evidences her talent at character comedy. There’s a message here about the differences between love and care, even if the two sometimes overlap. She rejects some forms of treatment as nonsense, and clearly has views on how best such people are supported. And in the insistence on confronting an audience with a social problem it’s all too easy to ignore, the show has pointed political purpose.

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August 9, 2016 Three Weeks
Martha McBrier: Back at the Fringe with stories to share
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August 3, 2016 wow 247
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