Chelsea Manders: Don't Tell My Dad
A quirky set of comedy country songs from an endearing performer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2014.
Chelsea Manders is both Canadian and a good middle class girl who laments the fact that her parents brought her up balanced, so has been working hard to undo their good work. A folk singer with a country and western twang, Manders has an oddball catalogue of songs; it's pretty safe to say that's she's probably succeeded in creating the disturbed young woman she's been striving to become.
Resplendent in an emerald green dress, big teased curls and Spanx (as we find out later), she takes us on a journey through her life relating each corrupting chapter as she goes from the storybooks whose characters leap out to become real (Anne of Green Gables becomes a table dancer), the dirty French exchange trip she went on to Paris at 18 and a plea to her niece not to be a princess because we all know what happens to them in real life.
The downside is that the show feels like her existing set of songs simply shoehorned into a loose theme – it's not massively cohesive. But it's a nicely quirky set performed wild eyed and unhinged, conversely, by an endearing and warm performer.
And there's still plenty here that her Dad probably shouldn't know about.
Assembly George Square, 226 0000, until 25 Aug (not 11), 10.30pm, £8– £9.