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  • Writer's pictureJenna Cockburn

REVIEW: The Umbilical Brothers - The Distraction | Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023

"A high-energy mash-up of traditional physical comedy and technology performed simultaneously on stage and screen."

This year at the Edinburgh Fringe, marking 30 years since their inaugural show in 1993, The Umbilical Brothers are back striking chords with their new show, 'The Umbilical Brothers: The Distraction'.

Masters of skits and slapstick, voice effects and cheeky antics, David Collins and Shane Dundas bring us their latest offering – a high-energy mash-up of traditional physical comedy and technology performed simultaneously on stage and screen. Something a little different from their previous shows.

Staging included 3 cameras, 2 green screens, laptops, a giant projector screen, and operating the tech desk is the digital wizard, Doug Bayne. ‘Digital Doug’ works his magic is producing creative and hilarious visual effects whilst ‘The Umbies’ whizz from props to puppets, from cameras to green screens, and “targeting” audience members in between.

For an hour filled with madcap mayhem and comedy genius, 'The Umbilical Brothers: The Distraction' will have you giggling from ear to ear but be careful, no seat is safe here and your head might explode!




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