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Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth (Edinburgh Fringe): Review

myth mouth Digital debauchery. Dandy Darkly in 'Dandy Darkly's Myth Mouth'. Photograph: Courtesy of Atticus Stevenson.

There isn’t a storyteller as engrossing, twisted, or as sequined as Dandy. Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth is show of mythological brilliance.


Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth explores the origins of myth through twisted and scintillating stories that span the epochs.

Writing

I first came across Dandy Darkly previewing his five star Edinburgh show, Dandy Darkly’s Trigger Happylast year, and I bloody loved him. His talent for storytelling is second to none. Everything about the metre, rhythm, and rhyming is completely transfixing. Add to that a wild and dark imagination and sense of humour, and Dandy’s stories are absolutely captivating. Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth is no different. There are wonderful twists on cavemen, Greek mythology, and even futuristic dystopias, that are full of darkness, laughter, light, and intrigue, covering everything from obsession, addiction, and BDSM.

But it’s how Dandy very cleverly ties everything together for Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth that is just absolutely superb, and possibly even more polished and perfected than Dandy Darkly’s Trigger Happy. There’s an subtle overarching link between the stories that slowly becomes apparent towards the end. This tying together of everything that goes on in the hour (which flies by) is completely rapturous and eye-wideningly electric. There are even story connections between his previous shows too, demonstrating that Dandy isn’t just a master of tales, but a deity that reigns over an immaculately immoral universe of his own creation.

Direction and Production

For starter’s Dandy’s costume is a feast for the eyes in itself. It’s a literally dazzling affair that captures Dandy’s flamboyance and off-kilter fun, and just adds to his already magnificent presence on stage. But it is also part of the show as Dandy’s outfit actually relates to some of the stories in Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth: a clever and unexpected twist.

What astonishes me about Dandy Darkly is that his stories are told to a backing track. I’ve whinged many times about how a show shouldn’t be so meticulously paced that it fails to garner a dynamic, but Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth is an utter exception to the rule.  Bespoke backing music adds an extra atmospheric dynamic to Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth: a spectacular soundtrack that enhances the horror, the thrills, and the humour of Dandy’s tales. And despite it running to a very strict tempo, Dandy still manages to make it feel completely spontaneous, and there is slight wiggle room for Dandy to respond and play with the audience to help give Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth a sparking live-wire feel. The only thing that would make Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth even more perfect is if he one day performs with a live band.

Performance

Dandy can work and captivate a crowd like no other. As soon as he’s on stage and even before he starts to tell his stories, he creates a relationship and allure with you that tempts you into his sinister world. Then, once Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth really gets going, Dandy trips through his text like a white hot machete through Boy Butter, handling all the complex and highly rhythmic stanzas like it was as easy as breathing.  It’s an utterly intoxicating performance where you end up hanging on his every word, and not to mention chuckled pink and cheering at the unexpected jokes and sapphire-edged quips.

Verdict

The finest of storytelling narcotics, Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth will have you comfortably thrilled. A master of myth and the duke of the deliciously debauched.

Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth plays at CC Blooms (venue 171), Edinburgh, EH1 3AA, until 28 August. Tickets are FREE. For more information and performance times, visit tickets.edfringe.com.