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Venue:Moriarty's, 161 Lothian Road Edinburgh EH3 9AA
Phone: 0131 228 5558
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Cellar
AUG 4-28 at 13:45 (60 min)
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STOP what you are doing. Take a deep breath. There you are... A miracle. As you read these words, Tommy Holgate: Man In The Miracle is literally being considered as possibly the most important show at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Why? Because Tommy Holgate doesn't exist.

In this wondrously upbeat hour of storytelling, from Moriarty’s Bar at 1.45pm from the 4th to the 28th August, the former Journalist/Endurance Athlete/Lifestyle Guru/Arab's Got Talent Semi-Finalist/MP Candidate/Football Reporter-cum-Dancer-cum-Organic Farmer explains the truth of human existence and, in doing so, proves beyond any doubt that YOU are an utterly divine and powerful-beyond-measure organism.

The 31-year-old former Sun Comedy Editor has been off the scene for the past two summers but is back with a big bang and firing on all cylinders of unconditional love.

Currently dwelling on Crystal Mountain in the Portuguese wilderness, the disco-loving trainee aerobics instructor has no further desires other than to spread the great news of our shared cosmic glory.

Man In The Miracle is as funny as it is enlightening, as politically crusading as it is surreal and as physically madcap as it is sincere.

During a recent Tibetan soundbowl healing meditation journey, Archangel Raphael appeared to Tommy with a clear message to get Tai Chi on to the curriculum.

So he's returning to Edinburgh to get the ball rolling, but in the meantime needs to contact the Oscar winning Matthew McConaughey and the Labour Party leading Jeremy Corbyn.

It's a long story...

A true story.

With jokes.

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August 12, 2016  Arts Award Voice
Review for Man in the Miracle
Tommy Holgate's Man in the Miracle, much like the subject matter he covers in this hour-long comedy show in the basement of Laughing Horse's Moriarty's at Ed Fringe, is complicated, hypocritical and rather confusing. This is due in a large part to a genuinely complex building of Holgate's zen character, new found inner peace fully intact. Where that character begins and ends is a total mystery — and all for the better. There are huge sections of his monologue that I thought were a total fabrication, which on later search turn out to be entirely true. Or are they? Perhaps they're just a further part of one big joke.
Slathering coconut oil on his face, gnawing on lumps of fresh ginger and stuffing handfuls of spinach into his mouth while addressing the audience, Holgate's performance is a rambling account of his life pre- and post-revelation, via Jeremy Corbyn, The Sun Newspaper, human miracles and plenty of breathing exercises. But this performance steers clear of a simple finger pointing, belly laughing affair, and Holgate's straight delivery, lack of punchline — well, there are a few — and meandering story-telling leads to deeper audience contemplation. We know these people are ridiculous. I know and laugh, despite having my fair share of almond milk, coconut oil and agave nectar stacked up at home. I giggle my way through breathing exercises that I would usually treat with 100% seriousness in my weekly yoga classes, inner white light and all.
The really effective thing in taking on this character, rather than firing wise-crack after wise-crack at it, is conveying quite how dull conversations about 'inner joy', 'childlike playfulness' and the 'miracle of life' really are. Man in the Miracle does draw chuckles, but also boredom, irritation and more serious thought. This is how it really feels to be stuck in the room with a new found peace hound for an hour, and it isn't fun. Although, in many ways, it also is.
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