Adams and Rea

This article is from 2009.

Adams & Rea

Well-mannered but occasionally naughty musical pair

‘I do like to get down,’ confesses Leisa Rea, half of the warmly surreal double act, Adams and Rea. ‘So there’s more of my salacious dancing this year,’ she says, referring to their cult internet hit, ‘Stick it in Me Bin’, an anti-litter ragga rant accompanied by vigorous ass-shaking. ‘I’m doing a disco dancing guide this time, which leaves me breathless and I can’t talk. That’s how Sarah prefers me,’ she nods, explaining that her partner’s onstage job is ‘bursting my bubble’ and ‘reminding me I’m a dickhead.’

Gentle abuse aimed at Rea is only part of the story. The Aussie-English two-team use ukuleles, guitars, banjos and something called ‘flamenco cajones’ to bring alive their songs, which ‘take a devilish pop’ at everything from irritating yummy Stockbridge mummies to overly-talkative friends. Rea hopes their South African township funk ditty about a failed neighbourhood watch scheme may also go down well.

Besides twisted Smack the Pony-style songs, audience members will be treated to a mid-show snack, free badges and maybe even a printed umbrella, which doubles as a parasol for the schizophrenic Edinburgh summer weather. ‘We like to look after the audience,’ she insists. ‘We’re well-mannered, even if we joke about dark things.’

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 8–30 Aug (not 17), 7.30pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8). Previews until 7 Aug, £6.

Adams & Rea: Blissfully Unaware

  • 3 stars

Adams & Rea are back. Join them on the freaky towpath of life. 'Probably the funniest female musical duo since French and Saunders, if French and Saunders played instruments and sang really well' (Time Out).

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