Edinburgh Fringe: Dante’s History of the Banished, review

Fun characters, life advice and a wee dram – Dante’s History of the Banished has everything you could hope for in Fringe show debut.

Written and performed by 27-year-old Charlie V. Martin, this brand new show brings to life history and literature’s most famous exiles.

Taking you on a journey through time, Charlie seamlessly slips into the persona of the titular Dante as well as Napoleon, Shakespeare’s King Lear and the Biblical Eve.

One highlight is the audience interaction in which Napoleon – in a dead-pan French accent – gives general life advice and tips on how not to be exiled.

While Dante and Napoleon are a bit silly and wouldn’t seem out of place in shows for younger audiences such as Horrible Histories, the tales from King Lear and Eve are a little more adult. Although pretty tame compared to most shows with a 10.30pm start time!

If you want to combine you Fringe outing with a drink, you’re in luck because Eve very generously shares around her bottle of Whisky (as long as you’re over 18).

A brave debut solo show from the young comedienne and a very impressive one at that. If you’re a comedy fan and want to see something fresh, it’s not one to be missed.

Words: Anna McPherson

Dante’s History of the Banished, Paradise in The Vault (Venue 29),  10:30pm, until 27 August, www.edfringe.com

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