Review: Myra Dubois: We Wish You a Myra Christmas at Underbelly Bristo Square

The laughs start as soon as you book your ticket for Myra Dubois’ latest show. Who let her on before the watershed? If you’ve not seen Dubois before, you might be tricked into thinking that this show, with it’s wholesome Christmas theme and afternoon slot, is fun for all the family. It definitely is fun, but it definitely is not for all the family.

Category is: Divine-cum- candy-cane realness, and Dubois doesn’t disappoint, decked out in an array of festive toned fabric and some stripy stockings. Who said red and green must never be seen? Boasting a high tech set including a cardboard Christmas tree and some Quality Streets, We Wish You a Myra Christmas keeps it kitsch, but somehow I don’t suspect she’ll be getting booked for the 2018 John Lewis ad.

Dubois easily boasts one of the sharpest tongues at the Fringe. Everybody gets a swipe, from the five men sat on a row of stools at the back (“Wait ’til there’s a key change, maybe they’ll all stand up”) to the top knot wearing, vegan identifying, pig sponsoring lad next to me. It was so easy, I almost wondered if he was a plant. Luckily, he loved the dressing down as much as the crowd did.

There’s some staples in the show – finding the biggest Christmas hater in the crowd, some Myra-fied singalongs, a couple of anecdotes – but really, Dubois hardly needs rehearsed material. She can go toe to toe with the best of them when it comes to audience interaction, and I’ve scarce seen anyone come up with quicker – or more scathing – reads on the fly.

Christmas just got campy. Trust me, you’re going to want to spend your Fringe festive season with Myra Dubois.

Myra Dubois: We Wish You a Myra Christmas, Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug, 4pm


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