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August 9, 2022 at 11:15:00 AM

We so enjoyed Joe Sellman-Leava's "Labels" at the 2016 Edinburgh festival that we watched it again at "Shedinburgh" and were therefore delighted and excited to see he was returning this year with "Fanboy". We were not disappointed.

"Fanboy" is about Joe's obsession with certain cultural references of his youth, Nintendo, Tolkien, Attenborough but especially the Star Wars films and their influence on his life, past and present.

Joe's shows are always personal and this is no exception. We hear (and see) about how these interests, whilst highly enjoyable at the time ultimately limit his creating sustainable relationships. Is this not a well trodden path for the modern performer? Absolutely except "Fanboy" leaps above other shows with old video footage and superb technology allowing him to contact his younger self. There are Christmas Carol overtures here, (Muppet obviously), but who doesn't want that on a sweltering August day in Edinburgh?

These sequences are astonishing and create an emotional texture not normally seen in a one person show. I won't add anymore except to say this is unmissable and it isn't necessary to know the cultural references beforehand. In fact if you don't you will enjoy checking them out afterwards. (You can thank me later).


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