ED FRINGE: Rob Madge: My Son’s A Queer (But What Can You Do?) – Underbelly, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Dominic Corr

Writer: Robert Madge

You’ve likely already seen the cute videos of the young boy, recreating the over-commercialised Magical wonder of Disney in his living room. For shame if not – in the videos of Robert Madge, Mickey Mouse signs autographs, Belle finds their Beast, Bert misses his cue, and Maleficent is once again shunted.

But they’re recreating it once more; the Main Street, the Teacups, and hell, if we ask nicely, they might even show us their Thunder Mountain.

Glittering far above, a projection of the family home movies accompanies Madge as they guide us through their early experience with creating theatre on a shoe-string budget (how times have changed). But there’s an additional voice which rings throughout – Rob’s Father. The demanding little tyke ropes their father into aiding throughout the parades and recreations, their dad goes along with it all like an utter champ. But it wasn’t always so easy.

There’s a reason the show opens with a nostalgic melody, as no matter how bleak your day has been – departing Madge’s My Son’s A Queer will leave even the dourest Disney-phobic pessimist having a Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah sort of day.

Runs at Underbelly, Udderbelly until August 28 2022

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