‘Basic Training’ has received a cherished Fringe First award from The Scotsman in recognition of its fantastic, heart-warming script, based on a true story – imagine if ‘Billy Elliot’ were set in Iowa rather than County Durham – starring a working-class boy trying to find his estranged father and a career in military entertainment. This show is a master class in versatile acting, with Kahlil Ashanti playing the dozens of diverse characters in his own life with astounding aplomb and unerring conviction. It contains poignancy, hilarity, and almost every other emotion in between. Pick up your phone and call the box office straight away. You need to reserve your ticket for this extraordinary spectacle before the run deservedly sells out.
Underbelly Bristo Square, 1-27 Aug (not 19), 6.10pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Joseph Fleming]