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CIRCUMCISION

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Venue:Cabaret Voltaire, 36-38 Blair Street Edinburgh EH1 1QR
Phone: 0131 247 4704
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: FREE  
Room: Upstairs
AUG 4-28 at 21:15 (60 min)
 
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* * * * * - Arts Award Voice
A show all about sex, sexuality and gender...all wrapped up in knob jokes!
Award winning comedian Dave Chawner in this show that will ''make you think as well as laugh'' Broadway Baby


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August 31, 2016  Bunbury Magazine
5 Star Review for DAVE CHAWNER – CIRCUMCISION
Bunbury Magazine Rating – ★★★★★

Bunbury Fringe Award – The From The Hood Award

Straight from the top of the show, it is clear that Dave Chawner is a confident performer who brings a great deal of cheek and charm to the stage.

This cheek and charm are deployed to fantastic effect whilst dealing with some very sensitive issues – this show is the story of Dave’s circumcision at the start of this year. As the story unfolds, the audience are taken on a journey through mental health issues and eating disorders, all of which are dealt with with the utmost respect and sensitivity. It is clear that Dave knows how to put an audience at ease with excellent delivery.

He even talks about sex in a way that had us in stitches but without being overtly graphic – for the most part – which is a very difficult skill to master.

The entire show had a great rhythm and flow, moving through the narrative with a natural pace that allowed the story to build momentum. There was a very clear message to take from the show, an uplifting message which we will not spoil here but we left knowing we had seen something brilliant from one of the loveliest people we met in Edinburgh.

Circumcision was on at Cabaret Voltaire. Click Here

August 21, 2016  Edinburgh Fringe Review
Review for Circumcision
Stand-up comedy is unquestionably a very masculine world. You only have to look at the proportion of women to men on comedy panel shows to know it. It therefore seems a no brainer that an hour of stand-up on the modern conception of masculinity will be interesting. Dave Chawner’s ‘Circumcision’ is not only that, it manages to be hilarious at the same time.
Chawner is an easy, charming presence on stage. If a joke misses he doesn’t seem too put off by it, you don’t get the uncomfortable sensation that you do from other comics that a small piece of their soul has died with that gag. However, he does seem to get better with audience laughter, his comic timing improving as the show progresses. He appears thrilled when an audience member corrects his medical language: it’s the most factual heckle he’s ever had. His ease on stage is crucial to the success of the show, as it delves into topics that would make many men squirm.
‘Circumcision’ isn’t a pretentious, metaphorical title. The show centres on Chawner having to be circumcised earlier in the year. He tells us that previous titles for the show include ‘In the Hood’ and ‘Less of a Prick’. He’s clearly not embarrassed and it provides an original basis for his show. Normally when male stand-ups talk about sex, or worse, their girlfriends or wives, there’s a fair amount of crude jokes and sexism. It can make you feel uncomfortable as a female audience member. It’s not that you’re always offended, and I’ve definitely laughed at sexist jokes in my time, because we all understand that comedy has slightly different rules. But there is a sense of being sidelined in an audience. These jokes aren’t really for you.
You can understand, therefore, why I’m weary when Chawner stops the show to give a disclaimer before moving on to material about his ex-girlfriend. He doesn’t want to be rude about her. I’m waiting for the oh-so-ironic but not-so-original “But she’s a f**king cow”. However it doesn’t come, and instead we simply get more hilarious insights into sex and dating in the modern world.
It’s a professional, and original hour of comedy, and it’s totally free. Though as Chawner points out, he’d be grateful for a tip. Click Here

May 15, 2016  Arts Award Voice
5 Stars For Dave Chawner's 'Circumcision'
A regimented routine of originality, flare, flawless comic timing, and improvisation skills. Circumcision offers up a tricky subject matter, and Chawner is a breath of fresh air, for he deals with his own truths in a way too few comedians are brave enough to do these days. Click Here

May 14, 2016  Arts Awards Voice
5 Star Review For 'Circumcision'
He should be, and indeed was, applauded for his frankness and the ingenuity with which he pulled off the routine. A consummate professional – exhibiting a mainstream approach, which wouldn't look out of place among the oligopoly of big comedic names we have on our screens.

A regimented routine of originality, flare, flawless comic timing, and improvisation skills. Circumcision offers up a tricky subject matter, and Chawner is a breath of fresh air, for he deals with his own truths in a way too few comedians are brave enough to do these days.

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