Edinburgh Festival: Funeral Replacement Service (2 stars)

If only this late-night bus tour was as polished as the beautifully converted London 1960s Routemaster in which it takes place.

With its plush red upholstered seats and muted yellow lighting, it’s full of atmosphere. Unfortunately, the amateurish performance that takes place inside, as you hurtle around Edinburgh, isn’t – neither scary enough to be a ghost story nor polished enough to work as theatre.

It’s an inherently fun concept – and one that you’ll enjoy if you have low expectations, story-wise. But with no real references to any of the fascinating areas and buildings we’re passing, it could be taking place anywhere.

Written for The Scotsman

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