Peter and Bambi Heaven: The Magic Inside (4 stars)

Australia's most deluded dancing magicians veer from family-friendly to X-rated

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Peter and Bambi Heaven: The Magic Inside

Shows about putting on shows are hot property. Michael Frayn's Noises Off proved years ago that audiences like to see backstage. This outrageous comedy duo base their cabaret on a similar premise.

Peter and Bambi Heaven are cheesy cruise ship-style entertainers – and actors Asher Treleaven and Gypsy Wood are a real-life couple. Their show lovingly mocks the pearly white smiles and glistening cat suits of variety shows of yesteryear with intentionally dubious magic tricks and lukewarm routines.

The pair have seemingly limitless energy, lending the show a boundless, nostalgic fun. Treleaven opens by leaping about the audience, flirting outrageously. The skits that follow career from X-rated to family-friendly.

In the shocking finale, it's Bambi's time of the month and blood gushes everywhere in a surreal and gruesome ballet dancing sketch which gets the biggest laugh. For Bambi, who used to be a cage dancer, old habits also die hard and she never resists the temptation to undress.

For the show's ultimate magic trick, Peter unsuccessfully attempts levitation and gets the kind of applause that schoolteachers give the last kid in the relay race at sports day. Seeing this show is like accelerating at full speed with the roof down.

Assembly George Square Gardens, until 28 Aug (not 15), 10.30pm, £12–£13 (£10–£11).

Peter and Bambi Heaven: The Magic Inside

  • 4 stars

Sharon Burgess Productions Magic is about to happen. Asher Treleaven (La Soirée, Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee) and Gypsy Wood (Comic Strip) are Peter and Bambi Heaven, Australia's most deluded dancing magicians, and they're about to explode into Edinburgh. Imagine if David Copperfield and Claudia Schiffer were from…

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