Alyssa Kyria (4 stars)

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This article is from 2006.

Alyssa Kyria

An afternoon one-woman show in the back room of the Holyrood Tavern sounds awfully familiar: it was same the slot and spot for Perrier winner Laura Solon last year. A Spark in the Dark opens with a similar Solon device with an annoying mobile-clutching festival goer joining the crowd and complaining that the show hasn’t begun while passing yoghurt-coated nuts about and answering her phone.

She moves on through a series of well-observed characters with some great lines, including the chav X Factor contestant and a Greek footballer’s wife convinced of her own beauty. Whether Kyria has a prize winner on her hands remains to be seen but what she certainly has is a clever show full of crafted and invention. (Marissa Burgess)

Holyrood Tavern, 556 5044, until 27 Aug (not 21), 4pm, £5 (£4).

This article is from 2006.

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