These are a the reviews we’ve received so far from our run of 9 shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Thank you to everyone who came to watch our shows and to all the reviewers who took the time to write about us.
Fringe 2023: Attendants ****
By Maisie McGuffie, The Student
August 7, 2023
As we entered theatre 2 at theSpace on the Mile, the cabin crew handed all “passengers” of the performance a leaflet titled ‘This for flying with … Applesby Air’. This, along with the theatre itself feeling reminiscent of an airport lounge, created a strong start for Attendants.
The jokes were both relevant and realistic, which allowed for the comedy to be enjoyed by all of the audience. My personal favourite was the stag do and the hen party that flew on the airline. Very cleverly, the cabin crew uniform was able to be very versatile, and the use of sunglasses and sound allowed for easy transition between sketches.
While humorous, Attendants did also cover some important topics. They looked at the sexualisation of female cabin crew, focusing on the outfits that they wear. In addition, they focused on how they are treated by customers, particularly male, and showed how uncomfortable this can feel.
Whilst they had a very small stage, there was a clear recreation of an aeroplane, and the use of small suitcases and four chairs were the only stage set. The performance ended very cleverly, with a certain very famous song that is played on a very famous airline TV advert, which I thought was great writing!
However, it must be noted that the length of the performance, or the ‘flight time’ is only 20 minutes. I would have liked the performance to have been slightly longer, as it was so entertaining! Nevertheless, the fact it was only 20 minutes did not reduce its enjoyment, and each individual story/sketch felt complete, so it didn’t feel like there were any hanging threads. Hats off to Amelie, Ava and Lola, three very talented young writers!
Attendants is on at theSpace on the Mile at 2:25pm until 12 August. Tickets are available here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/attendants
August 5, 2023
At 20 minutes in length, think of this as a short haul flight. Attendants dips into the lives of three flight attendants, along with some dubious passengers, even more dubious security staff, and Applesby Air’s famously sexy pilots.
Well acted, amusing (I especially liked the stag and hen do skits on the flight), fun and breezy, my one complaint is that I wish it could have been longer: which is a compliment, really!
Another enjoyable show at TheSpaceUK for 2023’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Oh, and a bonus point for the ‘Tips for Flying’ leaflet given to the audience. That was a lovely touch!
August 10, 2023
What a lovely 20 min show with strong character work, writing and an all to important theme to follow adventure, find your truth and freedom in your own path, despite what others may say. Hilariously relevant, satirical commentary on the patriarchy was a *chefs kiss* Worth it, if you can get a ticket!
By Joe Moss (on edfringe.com)
August 11, 2023
Really enjoyed this. The three-strong cast, who have also written this piece, are very talented. I would like to see this lengthened and filled out and either turned into a narrative or presented as a revue. But they were brilliant and this is a really funny piece. Enjoy!
By Michelle E (on edfringe.com)
August 10, 2023
Loved this show – 3 brilliant young actors in an original show. Saw it on Thursday 10th August at venue 39. I’d like to see a longer version of this show – varied characters and great storyline. Highly recommend.
By Rory Ford, The Scotsman
August 5, 2023
As moderately diverting and sensibly short as this slice of observational comedy involving three air stewardesses occasionally is, it doesn’t actually take you anywhere of particular interest. Inspired by the works of John Godber (Bouncers) it’s a collection of vignettes set aboard an Applesby Airlines flight to Ibiza. It’s nicely performed by the three young performers although their characterisations of the passengers, pilots and attendants does tend to err a little on the broad side. It’s pleasant – and clearly well-rehearsed – rather than genuinely funny and lands with a bit of a bump, but the confident actors show promise.