Eleanor Colville: Bigamous

Of all the things one expects to see when attending the Edinburgh Fringe, a public tying of the knot is likely to be towards the end of the list. Well, prepare for that to change; the solo debut from the highly talented Eleanor Colville offers just that, and much, much more.

Eleanor Colville is undoubtedly a comic to keep an eye on.

A graduate of the Cambridge Footlights International Tour show and current member of the Soho Theatre Young Company, Colville’s performance at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe is as infectious as it is funny. Bigamous is a high-energy comedy that uses a wedding as its focal point, but exactly whose wedding remains to be seen. A show that portrays all the hazards of romance and the human condition, it also allows the audience to recognise various societal facets of life we see day to day, without being judgemental or critical. This is an honest piece of theatre.

Colville emits contagious energy throughout, and each of the characters she plays is as likeable as the performer herself. On this journey of matrimony, the gathering is treated to musical comedy, an assortment of accents, audience participation, and just general fun. Colville falters at times with the accents - think dodgy quintessential French pronunciation - but this is acknowledged and embraced by the performer, and is used as part of the entertainment. The strength of the piece really stems from Colville herself; this is a performance that could so easily go wrong for an inferior talent, but the articulate and polished skills of the thespian ensure this isn’t the case.

Eleanor Colville is undoubtedly a comic to keep an eye on. Her positive energy, married with clear comedic talent and a willingness to be unique, leave the audience in no doubt that this is a match made in heaven. Catch her while you have the chance.

Reviews by Rory O'Regan

Just the Tonic at The Mash House

Eleanor Colville: Bigamous

★★★★
Underbelly Med Quad

The Thinking Drinkers: History of Alcohol

★★★★
Assembly George Square Studios

Mike Bubbins: Retrosexual Male

★★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

Location

The Blurb

Bigamous is a brand-spanking-new character comedy. A big energy, silly-voiced extravaganza frolicking through the most extreme pits of humanity. Come along for an hour of popping characters, cracking sketches and goddam depravity. As seen in the Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2015 and a part of Soho Theatre’s Young Company, Eleanor Colville makes her solo debut in this surreal and limber show that asks: just how many people is too many people? ‘A combination of delicious writing and perfect comic timing’ ***** (Varsity.co.uk). ‘The jokes came thick and fast’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.co.uk).

Most Popular See More

Mary Poppins

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mamma Mia!

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Back to the Future - The Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Cinderella The Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Dear Evan Hansen

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Hairspray

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets