Writer/Director: Vik Sivalingam
Reviewer: John Roberts
The Public Reviews Rating:
Edward Reid is best known for his much loved reworking of nursery rhymes on Britain’s Got Talent, in which he shot to fame in 2011. Now making his Edinburgh Fringe debut, he entertains an excitable yet loyal crowd of fans as he weaves over 20 songs into a fast paced, whistle stop tour of his life.
Reid may not be the greatest singer, but what he lacks in vocal dexterity and precision he more than makes it up with his instant likability, charisma and energy. For here is a performer that is clearly living his dream! Reid enjoys every second of his time on stage and his exuberance is contagious, a Glaswegian cross between Louie Spence and Graham Norton ensures plenty of laughs, but it is not all gold dust and glitter, Reid recounts his life story with a heartbreaking honesty and that makes for a refreshing change.
He is joined on stage by musical director Katy Lipson, who plays Eamonn O’Dwyer musical arrangements with flair and panache, although ideally the show would benefit with a few more musicians to create a much fuller overall sound. Show highlights include a round up of American TV shows that influenced his childhood and a medley of musical theatre songs of which the Boy George song ‘Stranger in the World.’ was beautifully performed.
‘Living The Dream One Song At A Time’ is unashamedly camp and provides a perfect start to your evening partying at the Fringe…now where did I put my feather boa?
Runs until 15th August
Edinburgh Fringe - Edward Reid : Living The Dream One Song At A Time,