Sunday, 16 August 2015

EDINBURGH FRINGE REVIEW: The Eulogy of Toby Peach, Underbelly

When he was 20 years old, roughly two and a half thousand days ago, Toby Peach was diagnosed with cancer. Now in remission for the fourth year, his self-delivered eulogy is the story of his life, how he fought cancer twice and how he lived to tell the tale.

It’s a superb solo show, written with care, emotion and strangely bags of wit and energy. We laugh throughout and then are left icy cold when Peach’s storytelling demands it. 

Scenes set in the Cancer Club depict cancer as a sleazy but alluring character, mixing cocktails for the audience and making Toby feel special at his inclusion in the club. 

It’s a bright, colourful and wonderfully visual production which utilises projection and music well to support an incredibly bold and dazzling piece of honest writing. 

Toby Peach is so excellently performed that the audience are educated without ever being preached to, and are you’re left with a strong sense of being in the presence of a courageous, brave and talented man.

Review by Andy Edmeads 


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