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Edinburgh in focus - Luxury Assortment (Black Sheep)



Preview by Paul Nelson

AFTER touring Britain and invading Warsaw, Poland, to acclaimed criticism, The Black Sheep are returning to the Edinburgh Festival for their fifth consecutive year
and they mean business!

This exceptional team of individuals has distilled the confectionary of their back catalogue, added succulent new material and stirred the gorgeous mixture to create Luxury Assortment, a short hour of seriously comic sketches, which will be performed at Metro Gilded Balloon at The Venue, Calton Road.

Known in a previous incarnation as Ubersausage, The Black Sheep consists of the founder, Ciaran Murtagh, Andrew Jones, Bryony Hannah, Juliet FitzGerald and
Peter Rates.

These accomplished comic actors, who were responsible for the 2002 Edinburgh hit, Fairly Tales, bring
a bittersweet blend of dark comedy to life in Luxury Assortment, with characters and sketches which include a performing bear with more tricks up his sleeve, Mr Howdy-Do and his world record handshake attempt, and Anne Frank (the musical!).

Through a combination of awards (Observer Award, Comedy Red Peoples' Choice Award, Time Out Critics' Choice) and television appearances (Trigger Happy TV,
Da Ali G Show
), The Black Sheep have established, and maintained, a reputation for sinful originality and organised anarchy. In short, they are deliciously funny.

Luxury Assortment, Metro Gilded Balloon at The Venue (Venue 158), Calton Road, Edinburgh. August 1-25 at 6.30pm. Tickets: £7.50/£6.50 (£8.50/£7.50 Fri-Sun). Box Office: 0131 226 2151

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