Fringe Review: James McLean – Goodie Two Shoes

A self-confessed goodie two shoes suddenly finds himself working for a “not so legitimate business man.”


Presented by Faff & Sass Productions
Reviewed 24 February 2017

James McLean’s Goodie Two Shoes is a well-performed and polished piece of cabaret comedy, full of laughs, brilliantly acted and well worth putting on your list of must-watch shows at this year’s Fringe.

The act follows the life of Peter Hart, an anxious, nice guy who embodies the persona of a “goodie two shoes” trying to land his first job after graduating.

Peter stumbles into Viktor Popov’s office, a confident, Eastern European “legitimate business man” who is opening a new restaurant/bar called Viktor’s Secret.

Peter accepts Viktor’s job offer mostly out of fear and quickly becomes Viktor’s promising protégé.

The “goodie two shoes” is then exposed little by little to Viktor’s secret as a “legitimate business man” and without realizing becomes sucked into Viktor’s secret against his will.

James McLean is a talented actor and singer. With only a single chair and a piece of “rubbish” as props, James takes us on an adventure in Peter Hart’s life while portraying each of the six characters in the performance.

The different characters McLean plays are easily distinguishable by the eastern European accent, the body language and the mannerisms of each character; showing that he is a talented actor.

This show is not suitable for young children (noted by the young child and an accompanying adult leaving mid way through) but it was certainly enjoyed by everyone else in the audience.

The location of the Noel Lothian Hall in the Botanical Gardens was beautiful albeit a touch hard to find. Leave with plenty of time if you are unfamiliar with the location.

Reviewed by Emma Kent
Twitter: @EmmaKent4

Rating out of 5: 4 stars

Venue: Noel Lothian Hall at Botanical Garden
Season: 24 Feb, 25 Feb, 3 March, 13 – 18 March
Duration: 60min
Tickets: $20.25 – $26


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