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Dan Kelly: How I Came Third in the North Korean Marathon

Just the Tonic at The Caves ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

August 11, 2022 at 3:10:00 PM

As always our Edinburgh festival throws up unexpected themes. DarkChatter Anne's first three shows all featured references to "Hamlet" (2 planned and Arthur Smith definitely not) and this is our 2nd marathon show in two days (check our review for Nic Sampson - Marathon 1904).

Again this show fell into being at the right place and the right time and after a lovely interview with Dan I was keen to see the show. The title obviously ensures there are no surprises but the joy is the story and Dan Kelly himself.

This is my 21st festival and over the years a lot of styles come and go. But the one I have been most impressed by at the 2022 fringe is the rise of the one person anecdote show, Not only are there a lot of them but they are now extremely well done (and trust me, that wasn't always the case) and generally slickly produced by people who are not professional entertainers.

A lot of people will dismiss a show because the title doesn't interest them. It doesn't matter if you have no interest in running (I don't) but this is such an engaging show (how many people do you know who have been to North Korea?) that I think anyone would enjoy spending an hour in Dan's likeable and fun company.

A great life-affirming tale.

(If you go please book a ticket in advance as I nearly didn't get in).

Dan Kelly: How I Came Third in the North Korean Marathon
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