- Simon Evans: Dressing for Dinner
- Star Rating: *****
- Assembly Hall Studio 3
- George Square Studios, Edinburgh EH8 9LH
- Edinburgh Fringe Review Date: 6th August 2019
Simon Evans: Dressing for Dinner 20:15pm Daily until 26th August 2019. £14 Suitable for Age 14+
There seems to be a bit of a running theme with the Fringe this year – Dickens for Dinner , ‘Shakespeare for Breakfast’ and this show ‘Simon Evans: Dressing for Dinner’. The first two offer free breakfast and lunch (not dinner) with their Edinburgh Fringe offering. If you go and see Simon Evans expecting a bonus of a free meal you may leave hungry. However I’ve no doubt you will leave fully satisfied by the fare laid before you in this brilliant, very personal and emotional show.
It was intelligent, thought provoking and extremely funny no punches pulled comedy topped off by a shocking and fairly unbelievable denouement. The overall theme was one of identity – gender and family identity. The call and response to his question re how many children are only children elicited an interesting answer. It wasn’t a subject I’d especially thought about before, but it was fascinating to observe how Evans had given this some considerable thought about the impact that can have on one’s identity, communication skills and ability to navigate the world as he grew up and found his place and role in the world.
I won’t spoil the shocking denouement of this show but it’s shocking and hugely personal as mentioned earlier. It’s clearly something of a relatively recent observation that Evans is possibly struggling with judging by his strident, but emotional charged delivery of this segment of the performance.
There are many fantastic shows to see at the Fringe, but if you like your stand-up comedy a not just big on laughs, but a little more challenging and thought provoking, I can’t recommend this show highly enough.
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Simon Evans: Dressing for Dinner 20:15pm Daily until 26th August 2019. £14. Suitable for Age 14+ at The Assembly Rooms, George Square.