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EDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: RACHEL PARRIS BEST LAID PLANS, Pleasance Dome, 8 August

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Rachel Parris opens her performance with a song about turning 30 and how it means "you're basically dead". Best Laid Plans is a musical comedy show about what Rachel Parris thought her life would be like as an adult when she was six years old and how her current life measures up.

A lot of Best Laid Plans is deeply personal and that's what sets it apart from other comedy shows at the festival. Recently single, Parris talks us through the things that nobody really talks about. All the while making the audience laugh until it starts to hurt.

One of the issues covered in Best Laid Plans is the pressure to do exercise and features the fantastic song "I Went To The Gym", which is pretty much spending seven minutes on a treadmill and then telling everyone repeatedly about going to the gym. The whole show is so relatable.

Best Laid Plans is a hopeful comedy show - but avoids becoming sickly-sweet. The songs are excellent, cleverly written and Parris has a gorgeous voice. Rachel Parris has created a perfect hour of comedy and I couldn't recommend it enough.

Rachel Parris: Best Laid Plans runs at the Pleasance Dome until 29 August.

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