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1 LAST DANCE WITH MY FATHER

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Venue:Espionage, 4 India Buildings (Entrances on Victoria Street and Cowgate) Edinburgh EH1 2EX
Phone: 0131 4777 007
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Kasbar
AUG 4-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-28 at 14:30 (60 min)
 
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Njambi McGrath returns to the Fringe with a roller coaster hour of dark comedy guaranteed to make you laugh and cry. Having survived a beating that nearly killed her, Njambi McGrath is forced to confront the perpetrator, her father, for answers when their paths unexpectedly cross again. His long standing dual with her mother is bound to come head to head at her brother's wedding, with her mother’s long-standing promise to perform an unspeakable act, which guarantees quite a wedding. When he finally agrees to meet her he does the craziest thing.


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August 9, 2016  The Mumble
The wee Kasbah room is tucked up inside a warren of rooms in the Espionage venue. A tiny arena befitting an intimate night out rather than the stage for an excellent comedian, it was fairly full of expectant punters. Of course with the front row was typically empty. They need not have been afraid to take their seats though, as Njambi had already told me she didn’t pick on audience members, as she wanted to keep them on her side. She introduced herself before she came on, which kickstarted the laughs, and she slipped onto stage with her elegant black dress and braids; fitting for the dry, sardonic sense of humour that she was about to unleash on us. As dry as the Sahara, if you’re going to use an African stereotype. ‘I’ve come by plane, just so you know’, and so begun her quick, cheeky unravelling of all those well worn Western stereotypes of African people. The flyer promises the following: ‘Having survived a beating that nearly killed her, Njambi McGrath is forced to confront the perpetrator, her father, for answers when their paths unexpectedly cross again.’ Although the painful relationship with her violent father formed the backbone of the hour, most of the flesh was in the form of punchy, hard hitting jokes, cleverly entwined metaphors and dead-pan one liners on a variety of topical subjects. Click Here

August 8, 2016  Fest
Njambi McGrath has been through some testing times, of which this current Fringe is doubtless the latest. Espionage's Kasbar Room is hardly suited to her harrowing new piece of confessional comedy, but she approaches performance with the same tenacity shown throughout her life, confidently withstanding apathetic audience members and the occasional disruption. Click Here

August 6, 2016  Broadway Baby
Njambi McGrath’s 1 Last Dance With My Father sells itself as a dark comedy telling the story of her Kenyan upbringing and her violent relationship with her father. However the central story of the father-daughter relationship only really comes into its own in the final fifteen minutes, winding up a set that is primarily a collection of stand-alone jokes. The titular figure of her father flits in and out as one of a series of miscellaneous dark observations; ranging from comparing force-fed prisoners with foie gras, to describing the Mao Mao uprising as the London Riots, only with an actual sense of entitlement. Click Here

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