My Beautiful Black Dog (4 stars)

Rip-roaring musical theatre for the modern age


This article is from 2015.

My Beautiful Black Dog

credit: Olivier Richomme

A rip-roaring, balls-out piece of theatre that lays bare one of the biggest issues in contemporary society. Duo Brigitte Aphrodite and Quiet Boy detail living with depression in stark detail through song, rap, spoken word and a fucktonne of glitter. Part-drama, part-gig, part-party, part-nightmare, this is musical theatre for a modern age. Brigitte’s depression, her ‘beautiful black dog’ of the title, is brought to life in an explosion of glitter and glamour.

But there’s an ugly side to this illness, and this show makes sure we know it. There are no-holds barred when exploring the painful and devastating effect of depression on people’s lives. There are moments of intense emotion – fear, anger, worry and panic all come roaring in amid the music and voices.

It’s original, heart-wrenching and hilarious all at once, taking the audience by the hand and leading them right to the very heart of it.

It’s rare to find a piece of theatre that cuts so deeply into a topic such as this and still has the audience shimmying out of the door. Be sure to dab your finger in the glitter pot, because once you’re done in there, you’ll feel like you’ve been through a funked-up group therapy session and come out smiling.

Underbelly Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 16 Aug, 1.55pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50).

This article is from 2015.

My Beautiful Black Dog

  • 4 stars

Brigitte Aphrodite and Boom Shakala Productions Gig meets theatre meets tidal wave of glitter. A poetically wild musical exploring the beauteous complexity of our fragile minds. Depression is at its heart, but it's not depressing – it's joyous, funny and hopeful (I hope…). I believe in hope. This electrifying show…


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