EDINBURGH FRINGE: Tartuffe at the Assembly Rooms (Ballroom) EH2 2LR (1 hr) (venue 20) ****
It’s no surprise to discover that Joyce Falconer has played Maw Broon in The Broons.

The formidable mother figure swops her home in Auchentogle and her eight children for the household of Monsieur Orgon in Liz Lochhead’s wonderfully irreverent rhyming version of Moliere’s famous comedy.

Falconer retains her pinny and her headscarf to play an expressive Dorine, Orgon’s servant, who goes up against house guest Tartuffe, as the conniving hypocrite uses his clerical collar to charm Orgon while trying to seduce his wife.

Directed by Tony Cownie, it’s performed in Scots (though Sassenachs and the rest of the world attending the Fringe should be able to understand it) by a stellar cast including Outlander regular Grant O'Rourke as Orgon and Nicola Roy as his elegant wife. But it is Andy Clark who steals the show in the title role, his cringeworthy portrayal putting even the best performance of Burns’ Holy Willie to shame.

An hour well spent!

Tartuffe is at the Assembly Rooms until Aug 25 at 5pm. Tickets £10-£14.
assemblyfestival.com /0131 623 3030.