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Edinburgh Fringe review: Jayde Adams, Men, I Can Save You

Jayde Adams
Jayde Adams

Ahead of starring in the next series of Strictly Come Dancing, Jayde Adams arrives on stage with suitable pomp.

Dressed in white robes, she enters to Madonna’s Like A Prayer, and delivers handshakes to a mostly male front row as she sets out with the task of the show’s title – saving men.

But in the course of a hilarious hour in which she captivates the audience, the Bristolian covers a number of topics, from her experience of lockdown, living with her then boyfriend and his best friend (handily also her hairdresser), to the struggle of no longer looking as much like Adele as she did when working as an impersonator.

There’s a bit of celeb gossip (someone’s been sliding into her DMs, but she won’t say who) and what Adams is looking for in a modern day man.

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She has the audience in the palm of her hands throughout with a level of charisma that could fill arenas, let alone the Pleasance’s Cabaret Bar.

An interesting interpretive dance routine near the end (which is one for Strictly: After Dark) handbrake turns into an emotional finale that almost catches you off guard but draws even more love for an accomplished performer.

With phenomenal stage presence, Adams will be a fantastic character on this year’s Strictly, and is well worth checking out before the end of the festival.

★★★★


Jayde Adams – Men, I Can Save You, Pleasance Courtyard, Cabaret Bar until August 28