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Bourgeois & Maurice: How to Save the World Without Really Trying– Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle

Bourgeois and Maurice are back at the Edinburgh Fringe after a four-year break to save the world without really trying. The alternative cabaret duo feels the world is having a bit of a wobbleand think that they have the know-how to make things better. What follows is an hour of the best Cabaret on offer at the Fringe this year, which fuses innovative design with memorable songs.

With their sights firmly fixed on the political, George Bourgeois and Maurice Maurice present a wry look at the 2016 political landscape from Brexit to feminism. With capitalism, fascism, and communism all having failed, the duo turns to their own particular brand of hedonism to try and shake things up.

The show is a near faultless hour of cabaret complete with great vocals, and enough costume changes to keep everyone happy. There’s a fun pop vibe to the proceedings but the weightier elements are never too far away. The pair’s new version of the British national anthem is a prime example of this; brash and riotously funny, the song also showcases and astute political awareness as it ponders just what British values are in post-Brexit Britain.

The performance is polished and thoroughly entertaining. Fantastic vocals and a catalogue of songs that feel like a vital examination of society today, this otherworldly cabaret really is the best that modern cabaret has to offer. Audience interaction is assured, and by the time their rousing finale comes around they have the audience in the palm of their hands. Make sure to nab a ticket now for fear of having to wait another four years to catch this out of this world duo again.

Runs until 28 August 2016 (Not 15)

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