Cabaret review: The Full Bronte! Literary Cabaret

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: The Full Bronte! Literary Cabaret at Fingers Piano Bar, reviewed by Claire Smith

These literary spoof shows are much, much harder than they look. Luckily, this easygoing and silly afternoon show created by Scary Little Girls wears its literary references extremely lightly.

Our compère, Monika de Plume, is resplendent in period garb and has grand notions about literature and art. Sidekick Brammy, who has come via a work experience scheme, is enthusiastic and committed but a bit shaky on the detail. Indeed, Brammy is convinced the Brontës’ real heartland was Cornwall not Yorkshire – and she is not averse to a bit of crafty upstaging when she gets the chance.

Finally on keyboard is the American intern – who is a bit vague about English geography and wants to update the score by throwing in some modern Yorkshire music by The Human League and Pulp. Performers Rebecca Mordan and Sharon Andrew are a good double act. They are best when niggling away at each other and are very comfortable bouncing ideas off the crowd.

The structure of the show could be better – but it is daft, enjoyable and fun. I don’t think I will ever forget the sight of Brammy hurling leaves to Wuthering Heights in a misplaced attempt to recreate the wild beauty of the Yorkshire moors.

MORE INFO: The Full Bronte! is at Fingers Piano Bar 

Originally published in The Scotsman

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