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Rachel Fairburn: The Wolf At The Door (Live Nation)

By | Published on Tuesday 21 August 2018

We open with a take-down of the tat you find in garden centre shops; fridge magnets with asinine homilies, scented candles and similar. The gag rate is very high, very good and, incidentally, provides a once-in-a-Fringe opportunity to praise Fairburn’s ‘pixie’s clit’ call backs, which I’m not about to pass up. This deceptively light, frothy opening sets up intros to characters who’ll recur throughout. It also gets the audience warmed up and, importantly, onside for what is nevertheless still a fairly abrupt gear-shift into darkness as Fairburn describes a series of relationship and friendship catastrophes which send her to the very brink. The resolution just about brings together the light and the dark to conclude a fine show.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]