Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A lot of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe have a deep message behind them – they concern the performer overcoming hardships and tragedies in a meticulously written narrative. It may sound like a disservice to say that Bald Man Sings Rihanna is not one of these shows. This is genuinely a compliment. What Gary Sansome presents in this hour of comedy is escapism of the highest order.
Even before the show began, Gary was playing with the crowd as they came in and found their seats, which he then rounded off by high-fiving every single person present. The start of the show was chaos, leading into rousing renditions of the Scottish National Anthem and the Barbados National Anthem (well, sort of).
The next hour was filled with superb crown-work, improvisation and the largest amount of energy I have ever seen used on stage. Gary made sure every single person in the room was in on the fun.
The show, as we may have guessed by the title, concerns a bald man, namely Gary, singing the songs of Rihanna – but not just Rihanna. We were also treated to the hits of JLS, Katy Perry and Kendrick Lamar. These songs were used as springboards for a lot of greatly-crafted jokes and improvisation.
If you want an hour of pure entertainment and hilarity, get to see Gary Sansome – and take your best singing voice with you!
Gary Sansome – Bald Man Sings Rihanna.
Part of the PBH Free Fringe.
Written by Christopher Moriarty.