Dandy Darkly’s Pussy Panic (4 stars)

Gential-fixated horror songs from the New York storyteller at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

This article is from 2014.

Dandy Darkly’s Pussy Panic

Unsettling, hilarious and political, Dandy Darkly's Pussy Panic is a searing critique of queer culture, celebrity obsession and misogyny.

In white facepaint and a suit to reference the co-opting of black culture by gay men, New York raconteur Darkly explores the horrified obsession that has sprung up around the vagina in gay culture. Darkly is a born storyteller, and his four tales of gynaecological gore - complete with jaunty musical accompaniment - underpin the show. If The Vagina Monologues was adapted by The Tiger Lillies, it might sound something like this.

The standout numbers of the night are 'The Blood Mother' and 'Mr Timothy', both nightmare-inducing surrealist, camp fantasies about what happens when celebrity culture goes wrong. In the first, Madonna vampirically drains subculture of anything she can use in her music only to be murdered by her hordes of children, all adopted from developing countries. 'Mr Timothy' takes the construction of a gay icon to a new and terrifying level.

In a welcome addition to one of the most feminist-friendly Festivals to date, Dandy Darkly, far from whipping the audience into a hymen-fuelled hysteria in a schlocky horror show, achieves nothing less than a vagina détente.

CC Blooms, until 24 Aug (not 13), 6.45pm, free.

This article is from 2014.

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