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Edinburgh Fringe review: Flo & Joan, Sweet Release

© Matt CrockettFlo and Joan
Flo and Joan

Flo and Joan have consistently been festival highlights over the past five years, and their latest show is no exception.

The duo (sisters Nicola and Rosie Dempsey) bring Sweet Release to Edinburgh having toured it across the country, with more dates to come later in the year.

And it’s no wonder they’re selling out fast with a show as strong as this.

This brilliant hour sees them worry that they’ll end up doing this forever (which most would argue sounds alright, actually) while also taking in a diverse range of topics from a bizarre porcelain ornament found in their mum’s house to imagining an alien boyfriend making friends with their microwave.

There’s also the less surreal too, with songs on women’s safety and the complaints of older male comedians that they can’t joke about anything anymore packing both a punch and a chuckle.

The sisters’ on-stage chemistry, or indeed their trademark lack of, shines in between the songs and there’s even time for a dance routine.

Production wise, this is possibly their best show yet. The Assembly Roxy is a great arena for it, and a special mention has to go to the lighting co-ordinator for keeping up with the many colours featured in the duo’s Joseph pastiche.

Under the lights with Flo & Joan’s trademark mix of hilarity and harmonies – which only get better – your toes will tap and your sides will split in this excellent hour from an act at the top of their game. With extra dates – catch them if you can.

★★★★1/2


Flo & Joan – Sweet Release, The Assembly Roxy, Central until 28th August (excl 16th)