Edinburgh Festival Fringe: As a performer Candy Gigi does not hold back. Her show is an orgy of gross-out comedy, with simulated sex acts and confrontational interactions with the audience. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Heroes @ The Hive (Venue 313)
The first time I went to see her this Fringe she sent the audience packing when they weren’t getting into the joke.
But the second time she pulled them into her orbit, dragging them on stage to take part in dance routines, dressing them up and licking and hugging them when the plot demanded it.
Astonishingly, there is a plot. Candy Gigi is Becky Rimmer, a spoilt, entitled 12- year-old who is determined to have the best ever bat mitzvah – the Jewish ceremony where a girl becomes a woman.
Becky Rimmer is a loud, precocious grasping little nightmare whose family have suffered for years from her outrageous demands.
Audience No 1 was traumatised by the foul-mouthed and sexually graphic spectacle of Becky Rimmer spinning out of control. Audience No 2 loved it.
Candy Gigi is a performer who takes risks. But she is too reliant on whether her audience is willing to get caught up in her schtick.
Until 27 August. Today 3.15pm.