Blushed (2 stars)

Tap dance show combines fairytales and feminism but doesn't feel like the finished article


There's many a nostalgic Edinburgher happy to wax about the time when the Fringe was a cheaper, less commercial, far less polished affair, where ropey, rough-around-the-edges shows were part of the fun. And in this context you could pass an enjoyable if occasionally baffling hour or so at this piece from dance company Sole Rebel Tap. The two performers are extremely likeable, good comedians and good tap dancers. But neither the stagecraft, the storytelling nor the choreography is tight enough to stand up next to neighbouring productions using the same techniques.

The thread holding this show together is fairytales. Loosely, they give us re-tellings of Cinderella, the lesser known The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf, and The Little Mermaid. But it's not quite certain what they are trying to do with each of these tales other than use them as a vehicle for some pleasant passages of tap dancing. Occasionally there is a comment made about feminism or the colour red. But all in all, Blushed feels like the workshop skeleton for something that could be far richer and tighter.

Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, until 29 Aug (not 17), 4.30pm, £7.


  • 2 stars

Blushed is a big mix of storytelling, tap dance, silliness and humour, loosely based on the Red Shoes. It is brought to you by two multi skilled female performers, each up for donning their red shoes and entering the weird and wacky worlds ahead of them. The tap acts to bring life, music and at times tenuous links…


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