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Venue:The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8 9DD
Phone: 0131 667 7533
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Lounge
AUG 2-26 at 19:15 (60 min)
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Money isn’t everything. Or is that only something the well-off say. McBrier came from an upbringing of financial embarrassment. This makes her feel like a phony as she traverses the realms of the middle classes. So, is money important? How do you shake off your past, yet stay true to yourself? What about those who pretend to be something they’re not? This is a show about a woman’s efforts to keep her head above water. True stories about family, neighbours, property porn and literally singing for your supper. What do Glaswegians do when the chips are down? Because there’s nothing worse than depressed chips.

‘A naturally charismatic story teller’ Festmag ****
‘Funny like Chic Murray was funny’ The Scotsman ****
‘A knack for funny storytelling’ Broadway Baby ****

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August 19, 2018  The Scotsman
Full disclosure, I have always been a big fan of Martha McBrier. But tonight I watched The McBrier Effect on my fellow audience members : three twentysomething guys-with-pints, a young girl and a 30-year-old American yuppie. McBrier’s humour is packed with references to things that had disappeared before they were born, she speaks broad Weegie and her story belts along faster than a scally running from the polis. But McBrier’s comedy somehow belts the bottom of the generation gap, crosses the Atlantic nae borra and by the time we have laughed and cried our way through this love letter to her wee brother, the boys go off to flyer for her, the yuppie reveals an impoverished past and the young girl buys her a glass of wine and promises to bring her mum the next day.

McBrier would be the first to tell you she is not a ­stand-up comic. She is a ­storyteller. But she is a comedy Midas: ­everything she tells you about turns to comedy gold. Her childhood was, she tells us, “grim”. Her story is packed with shoplifting, corporal punishment, religious terrors, chain smoking and Provi loans. That is how it was, she reminds us “in the 70s”. There is so much laughter in the hour (even allowing for Martha’s taking time out to explain the difference between “ginger” and “juice” and what a companion set is) that when the laughter stops it is like being hit by a truck you just do not see coming. Heavy Metal and talking parrots, zithers and The ­Crazy World of Arthur Brown – each stars in its own tiny comedy epic in McBrier’s world. This hour will fill your heart with laughter and your eyes with tears. As we say in Glasgow – pure, dead, ­brilliant. Click Here

August 9, 2018  One4Review
Warning: spoilers. There’s a point in this show where the tone utterly changes and you will not see it coming. And that is brilliant, because the show is story-telling about growing up in the west of Scotland in the 70s, and that snap change offers some pale reflection of what it must have felt like to live through it.

Ms McBriar has both a lilting Glaswegian accent, liberally peppered with Scots and Scottish slang (including sweary words!), and the skill of narrating a story with just the right details. There’s something about stories narrated in a Glasgow accent which imbibes them with a rhythm which is mesmerising and immersive, and the things she talks about are immediately familiar and recognisable.

The start of the show contained the requisite chat with the audience (including impolitely but amusingly shutting down audients who talk too much) and introductory sort of stuff (in this show, about being working class and accompanying identifying features) before settling into the body of the show. This isn’t late night, booze-fuelled, two-‘jokes’-a-minute comedy, this is sit down and let the funny lady tell you a story that will provoke all sorts of emotions, including amusement. Don’t worry if you’re not laughing, you’ll still be having fun.

Martha can tell a tale, and if the ending was a little weak, that can be forgiven because it’s definitely the journey, not the destination, that matters. Click Here

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