Edinburgh Fringe Review 2019 – Susan Murray: How Not To Die In A Plane Crash, Banshee Labyrinth

Plenty of comedians do material about plane travel, but most of them focus on cavity searches at security. Few talk about their primal fear of flying. Susan Murray's show is about getting through the flight, not getting through the X Ray machine and it is throughly entertaining – and scarily informative – from take off to landing.

I'm not sure what came first, Murray's nervousness about travelling in a metal tube in the sky or her obsession with Accident Investigation programmes, but the latter isn't exactly going to ease your anxiety levels. She has watched them so much she can spot when an extra crops up in a different re-enactment. 

Having paid so much attention to television documentaries Murray is certainly now in a good position to offer advice on flying. The meat of the show is her top tips list on how to survive sky-high travel. This is certainly a well-researched show, but also ghoulish. She might be dressed as a cheery, charming trolley dolly but Murray has a brutal, unflinching sense of humour at times. The advice might be handy, but it might be more likely to make you want to take the train than make you head to Heathrow. 

Some of her recommendations will be familiar – where to sit, what to carry – but she always puts a fresh comical spin on them. A word of warning though. A few of her more extreme stories are the stuff of nightmares and really could put you off flying forever – have you heard about the ghost plane where everyone lost consciousness due to an unexpected change in cabin pressure? It's called hypoxia. The plane continued to fly on automatic until it ran out of fuel and dropped like the proverbial stone out of the sky. Well, on the plus side at least the passengers didn't know what was happening. 

Murray is playing a free venue which means members of the public might wander in not knowing what to expect. It can be more of a lottery than gigs where you have to pay upfront. The room was full but on this occasion the audience seemed to be having difficulty getting into it at times, however hard Murray tried. Maybe they had hypoxia. All I can say is that if this was a bumpy ride, Murray would probably be even greater fun without the added turbulence of being confronted by a sea of blank faces.  

Susan Murray: How Not To Die In A Plane Crash, Banshee Labyrinth Until August 25. Tickets and info here.

Read more Edinburgh Fringe reviews here.

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