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EDINBURGH 2014 - BWW Reviews: BEASTS:SOLO, Pleasance Courtyard, August 3 2014

The opening of BEASTS: Solo is nothing if not surreal. James begins by showing us his magic tricks before the other two members of the sketch troupe intervene. It is explained that they are no longer working together as a group and instead are performing three solo shows in the space of the hour- each showcasing their own "talent".

The first member to take his turn is Owen who (undeterred by the colour of his skin) decides to stage a play where he stars as Nelson Mandela. The others are all fighting for their chance to shine and chaos ensues. My personal favourite is Kieron whose talent I'll leave for people to discover themselves.

BEASTS: Solo is an incredibly silly show but it is performed with skill. The improv section doesn't work quite as well as the rest of it and they started to lose me a little around there. It is a very physical performance but the troupe have excellent timing and it results in a very slick comedy show. I also particularly enjoyed the musical number that was included in the performance. While certain areas were better than others there are a lot of laughs to be had at BEASTS: Solo.

BEASTS: Solo runs at Pleasance Courtyard until August 25th.


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