Shakti: no tits 'n' ass


Shakti In Tibetan Book Of The Dead *‘kir

Shakti is the kind of woman you wouldn't leave alone With your

bOyfriencl, Writhing, arching and

smouldering iii metal bra and PVC

' skirt, she complements her strangely endearing blend of Indian, Japanese

and Jazzy moves With a Wicked pair of come-to-hed eyes. The fact she’s

AO-plus is beside the pomt. The chick

IS hot.

Contrary to what Ms Knox may think though, this is no tits ’n' ass show. Shakti’s brand of eroticism is an empowering, potently female one that pays no lip-service to men in

search of cheap thrills. Just goes to

prove, life can begin at 40, with a

3 little help from PVC

(Ellie Carr)

I Shakti In Tibetan Book Of The Dead (Fringe) Shakti, Graffiti (Venue 90) 557 8330, until 30 Aug, 70pm, [7 ([6)


Andy And Edie


The most tragic casualty of Andy Warhol’s Factory was the young, beautiful heiress and 'superstar' Edie Sediick. Fireraisers’

I writer/director/performers Anton Binder and Polly Wiseman, playing a

multitude of roles like Candy Darling, Paul Morrissey and Lou Reed, as well as Warhol and Sedgwmk, turn an unflinching eye onto the forces that eventually drove Edie to a fatal overdose.

The performances chime perfectly With the pacey staging, all evoking an atmosphere of shallowness and manipulation, but not Without crooking a digit at a sooety in which a figure like Warhol cOuld become such a magnet for damaged people Sad but riveting.

(Alastair Ivlabbott)

I Andy And Edie (Fringe) Fireraisers Theatre Company, Hill Street Theatre (Venue 4 I) 226 6522, until 30 Aug (not 28) IO 40pm, [5 ([4)


Vladimir McTavish In 101 Great Moments'ln Scottish Sport

* * *

Most of the great moments in Scottish sport have nothing to do with Scotland at all. They involve England being beaten, preferably by the Germans. Preferably on penalties. Xenophobia, as Bob ’The Gob' Doolally observes, is our true national game and we play it rather well.

Doolally, a footballing Frankenstein monster created from parts of Dennis Law, Tommy Docherty and sundry other legends, draws with affectionate mocking on a neverwas golden age when players didn't take drugs or date Spice Girls. No, they drank lager and went out with the Beverley Sisters. Conclusive proof surely that money has ruined the game.(Rodger Evans)

I Vladimir McTavish In 107 Great Moments In Scottish Sport (Fringe) Vladimir McTavish, Gilded Balloon (Venue 38) 226 2751, until 30 Aug (not 28) 70.30pm, £6.50 (£5.50).


Chicks With Flicks * air it

It may provoke scathing criticism from some quarters but this show is guaranteed to get squeels of glee. We're talking DISCO. Jackie Clune takes us back to the heyday of blue mascara and dodgy hair-do's, and a cheese-infested soundtrack from Oliyia, Karen, Kiki, etc. Accompanying the songs of this classic line-up, there’s catty fashion critiosm and a tenuous fact-file.

You could hardly fail with such a marketable product and for anyone who ever fancied themself as a Dancmg Queen, they will be like a pig in muck. Others Will hope this is the last word on the 70s revival.

(Claire Prentice)

I Chicks With Flicks (Fringe) Jackie C/une, Assembly Rooms (Venue 3) 226 2428, until 30 Aug (not 26) 70.25pm, USO/£8.50 (£6.50/f750).

COMEDY REVIEW Scott Capurro * * t 'I want to shock you,’ Scott Capurro claims, and he succeeds in places.

Not for the faint-hearted, with the Germans, the Dutch, and Scottish lesbians coming in for particularly VICIOUS

. stick. Oh, and Dave in the front row. '. Dave was established early on as the i straight man Scott hoped to seduce

before the night was out. ’1'“ make you bleed,’ he muttered to himself at one p0Int With a wicked grin.

There are sections where the pace drops, With observations about his white-trash family somewhat over extended. However, Capurro's camp, off- beat Opinions deliver plenty of chuckles, if not belly Iaughs.(Stephen Naysmith)

l Scott Capurro (Fringe) Scott Capurro, Pleasance (Venue 33) 556 6550, until 30 Aug (not 28) 70.30pm, £8/f850 (£7/f750).


Too many e-numbers. It has to be, the way this lad puts himself about. Camping it up in skimpy black lycra, he and brassy backing boys the UhuRas whisk us through Kiwi culture - well, the haka - and all the kitsch classics, courtesy of Tom Jones, Sinatra, Bacharach et al. Combining disco diva and chorus girl high kicks with a Nureyev spin, this is one charismatic and versatile performer. According to Mika, androgyny’s pretty much the norm in New Zealand, not that there’s any hint of it among these saucy young bucks. Look out for some astounding tongue action. (Claire Prentice) I Mika (Fringe) Assembly Rooms (Venue 3) 226 2428, until 30 Aug, I 7.50pm, f8/E9 (f7/f8).


Graham Norton amt

Camper than a tent sale at Millets, Graham Norton's show is far from the deliberately offensive comedy that typifies the gay club scene. The only question is Whether Norton is amusing simply because he is mincing around talking about life as if he was a friend in the pub or because he has a genuinely funny act.

Aside from a couple of interesting ideas - ordering pizza for the audience and getting it delivered to the venue and placing a personal ad in a gay magazine encouraging men to ring him during the hour of the show this is stand-up of the 'oh, you'll never guess what I saw yesterday' variety. (Danny Wallace)

I Graham Norton (Fringe) Assembly Rooms (Venue 3) until 30 Aug (not 26) II. I 0pm, I? 7.50/f8. 50

(£6. 50/f 7. 50).


Undine Hit

The grass is always greener. For Undine it may be a bit scorched, but it's still better than what she’s left behind. Consistently unlucky in love and shackled by her West Indian roots, she escapes to England via a marriage agency, with naive hopes for the future.

Currently being made into a BBC radio drama and performed by the 22-year-old writer Kara Miller, Undine tackles sexual and racial oppression without becoming bogged-down by them. Some unnecessary staging devices intrude into the piece’s lyricism piece, but it's a well- crafted, subtly-shaded portrait of a free spirit that takes the crap but refuses to die. (Claire Prentice)

l Undine (Fringe) A-Bit-Of-Rough Theatre Company, Southside (Venue 82) 667 2272, until 30 Aug, 70.30pm, £6 (£5).


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