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Doris, Dolly and the Dressing Room Divas

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Secrets, songs and love lives of five legendary divas told through the eyes of three make-up girls.

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Note: This review is from the 2015 Fringe

@ Assembly Hall, Edinburgh, until Sun 30 Aug @ 18:15

Secrets, songs and the love lives of five legendary divas are told through the eyes and banter of three make-up girls, who bitch, compete and laugh entertain us with hilarious, heartbreaking, irreverent tales from backstage.

The cast of three, Gail Watson (Katie Morag, Sunshine on Leith), Clare Waugh (Casablanca), Frances Thorburn (Marilyn, Citizens Theatre) fabulously sing the songs of Judy Garland, Doris Day, Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli, and Dolly Parton in this marvellous production, accompanied on keyboards by Hilary Brooks, and directed by Double Fringe First winner and creator of Casablanca, the Gin Joint Cut, Morag Fullerton.

Set in a mirror lit dressing room, we are treated to songs including Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps and Que Sera Sera (Day), Everyone Loves A Winner and Money Makes the World Go Round (Minnelli), Jolene and 9 to 5 (Parton), with each of the actresses giving realistic  performances similar to those of the original divas. Watson’s impression of Day, complete with the bouffant hair and pumped up breasts, is particularly memorable.

For those that want to unleash their inner diva, there’s the chance for the odd sing-a-long too. Furiously funny, this show is an absolute winner.