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Shazia Mirza, With Love from St Tropez (MTM Productions)

By | Published on Friday 25 August 2017

First things first, there is great stuff in here. There are super-sharp digs in a dizzying array of directions, as Mirza discusses being brown and British at a time where Brexit, Trump et al have seemingly enabled a smattering of racist fuckwits. Also a takedown I hadn’t realised was needed of the folly of sparkly buttplugs. Unfortunately, though, on this soggy last Tuesday of the Fringe, Mirza lets her disappointment at the small, reserved crowd shine through, rather churlishly blaming them for gags that failed to land (rightly so? About 50-50, I’d say – by no means all gold). Better with a better audience no doubt but that, frankly, wasn’t the fault of those who had bothered to turn up.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]