Jeremy Lion: What'S The Time, Mr Lion? Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh,

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Justin Edwards's alcoholic children's-entertainer character has been in Festival business since 2003, while a year earlier he was one third of the Consultants, the Perrier Newcomer-winning act with whom he still collaborates. Lion, too, is steeped in showbusiness; in this show he acts out a kids' play narrated (on tape) by his late father, known as "Uncle Lion" in his heyday.

Among the set pieces that he belches his way through is his father's "puppet show" version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears - or rather, as it turns out, Buckfast and the Three Beers (not to mention the vodka, gin and red wine), all of which are genuinely slurped on stage. Also in the mix are comedy songs about unfortunate teddy bears: "through education/ he's learnt the pain of asphyxiation".

The Lion act is most definitely not available for children's parties - but for the Fringe, the adult version of one, he is a must-see.

To 29 August (0131-556 6550)

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