Emma Sidi: Faces of Grace (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Emma Sidi: Faces of Grace

A collection of oddities with other-worldly qualities

Emma Sidi is getting to be something of a Fringe veteran with her Cambridge Footlights pedigree and now having produced a few Edinburgh shows. This time around she presents a series of oddball characters, such as the dance co-ordinator with anger management issues; the loner who will go to the ball; Brita with the indiscriminate accent; the Love Island reject; and the Hollywood dame / wannabe nurse.

They're all effectively conjured as she spins from one to the next with only a brief black-out and spurt of music in between. Each possesses an other-worldly quality, giving the feeling that they've emerged from a special part of Sidi's crazed imagination. Their motivations and passions often seem nonsensical and mysterious at first, and there is a feeling that this hour could do with a little more working out and perhaps a further edit: maybe it will by the end of the run.

There's certainly more to be done with this cast of loveable curiosities. Nevertheless you do find yourself rooting for them, whatever lunacy their fate may take. This is an intriguing glimpse into Sidi's unhinged world and, it must be said, one performed with some pretty nifty dance moves.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug (not 25), 8.30pm, £7.50–£10 (£7–£9).

Emma Sidi: Faces of Grace

  • 3 stars

Berk's Nest in association with Curtis Brown Critically acclaimed character comedian and contemporary somatic movement enthusiast Emma Sidi brings her third hour of comedy gymnastics to the Edinburgh Fringe. An original and hilarious show of graceful heroes who are having a bit of a tough time. Includes dancing. As seen…