DollyWould, Edinburgh Festival review: Daft show doesn’t follow the herd

Veronica Lee
Great pair: Sh!t Theatre explore the myth of Dolly Parton

​Which Dolly? The American megastar country singer who is still belting out hits at the age of 71, or the cloned sheep whose genetically engineered offspring are munching grass as we speak?

Both, as Sh!t Theatre (Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit) merge tales of the two fantastic females in a show inspired by their pilgrimage to Dollywood, Dolly Parton's amusement park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

They start, how else, by cutting holes in their T-shirts to expose their breasts - but while they don silly wigs and costumes in this wonderfully daft show, they're not just titting about. While they “f***ing love Dolly!” and celebrate her music (with beautifully harmonised songs), they also deconstruct Parton's brand, our obsession with her Barbie doll-like figure and the rumours about her sexuality.

They deliver a tour-de-force list of souvenir tat you can buy at Dollywood, and real versus fake – Parton's cosmetic surgery (“It costs a lot of money to look this cheap”), the drag queens who adore her, laboratory-produced ovine DNA – is the serious theme of the show.

DollyWould, which is coming to Camden People's Theatre in October, appears shambolic and there's no narrative climax, but it neatly makes its point about how much in life is not what it seems.

Until August 27; edfringe.com

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