Abigoliah Schamaun: Namaste, Bitches (3 stars)

Abigoliah Schamaun: Namaste, Bitches

Marko Dutka

A positive show about the search for community and wellness

Abigoliah Schamaun shows us to our seats before putting her yoga teaching skills to good use with a brief warm-up to get us all relaxed. Hailing from a musical theatre background, she is a confident and easy host, chatting to audience members about their favourite musicals and extolling the wonders of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Namaste, Bitches covers the various cult-like activities she has undertaken in the pursuit of wellness and community: Bikram yoga, CrossFit, the Paleo diet, as well as her love of indulging in some 'vitamins' on a night out and enjoying breakfast before bed. Her stories are fun but not always funny, and while the fitness trend material will appeal most to those who practice yoga or spotted she was wearing Reebok Nanos, some sections can be hard to relate to.

There is emotional depth here as Schamaun details why she had to give up on her dream of musical theatre but it never strays into self-pity. Her mix of chatty banter and easy audience participation, chanting back Bikram phrases, means the hour doesn't dip and a theatrical ending neatly ties up a fun and positive show.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 27 Aug, 7.40pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

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