Russell Grant: Strictly Edinburgh

The stage is adorned with a pair of angel wings, a velvet couch and a large book covered in sparkles with ‘My Life’ adorned on the front. Grant bursts on to the stage in a flurry of sequins, black velvet, and some tricky footwork to the soundtrack of his life; disco. The scene is set for an hour of reflection, decadence and dancing.

This show is very specifically for fans of Grant’s; if you’re under a certain age and unacquainted with his style most of the names and references will be lost on you.

Grant takes us on a foxtrot down memory lane; back to his BBC days in the 80s, where he provided the ‘light entertainment’ as an astrologer, as well as earning himself his reputation as a crooner and a mover. He drops not a few names of the stars and celebrities that he worked alongside over the years, including his journey to becoming the ‘Astrologer Royal’. There are murmurs of recognition from the audience who’ve clearly followed Grant’s career through the decades. Grant delivers on his reputation for cheeky one liners and generous helpings of euphemisms.

Grant tells us of the highs and lows of a life of love, laughter, and the tango. He reveals some of the darker times in his life, tales of his family and personal struggles of hardship and suffering, but never loses his optimistic tone. Grant reveals his motto to be ‘happiness is a choice’. More than anything, this is a celebration, of a life well lived, of overcoming hardship, and more than anything, the joy of dancing. Grant urges you to join him as he struts and wiggles his hips to a collection of his favourite disco tunes. A highlight of the show is a cameo of Zara Vaughn, whose sultry jazz voice infused the hour with class.

This show is very specifically for fans of Grant’s; if you’re under a certain age and unacquainted with his style most of the names and references will be lost on you. Some moments were also a little lacklustre as Grant relied a little heavily on his script pasted in his ‘book of life’. It’s definitely a show for those who like to boogie; with a multitude of numbers you’re expected to get up and join in with.

An upbeat and generous celebration of love, life and disco with generous helpings of rhythm and pizazz.  

Reviews by Alanta Colley

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The Blurb

Reach for the stars as the nation's darling rockets into town with a showbiz extravaganza that'll have you dancing in the aisles. Filled with magic and sparkle, get ready for a barn-storming, foot-tapping, feel good hour to lift your spirits and have you wreathed in smiles. This is the ultimate happy hour! It's a fun-packed party! Come in feeling blue and leave feeling strictly fablas! No room for party-poopers! Leave your worries at the door and your dancing feet well and truly on the floor! 'You are what show business is all about' (Sir Bruce Forsyth).