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Get a Round review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘gutsy, gag-laden show’

Get a Round, Eggs Collective at Summerhall, Edinburgh. Photo: Roshana Rubin-Mayhew

Shiraz, sick and sweat are some of the main components in Eggs Collective’s rowdy but lovable Get a Round, a three-woman show about the giddy highs and bucket-bound lows of a night out. Sara Cocker, Lowri Evans and Leonie Higgins are Manchester mates on the razz, dressed in matching sparkly dresses and clompy heels, with emergency packs of Wotsits in their bags for the inevitable post-vomit carb refuel.

The audience members are drawn into the boozy shenanigans, plied with shots of blue WKD while the Beach Boys’ I Get Around blares into the space. Lipstick is smeared, bog roll gets stuck in Evans’ knickers and an enthusiastic dance to Supergrass peters out into a bilious sway.

But beyond the salty humour of all this – and it is very funny, performed with wonderful physicality and sharp comic timing – the cast allows recognisable vulnerability and sweetness to emerge. Retching into the aforementioned bucket turns into a confession about feelings of personal wretchedness and how the validation of a stranger’s gaze when getting pissed enables you to “dance like Rhianna’s better, more sexually aware sister.”

Despite ragged self-esteem and bewilderment at the world, the fibres of female friendship endure.

Verdict
Gutsy, gag-laden show about messy nights out is a touching tribute to friendship

Production Information

Production
Get a Round
Venue
Cairns Lecture Theatre, Summerhall
City
Edinburgh
Starts
August 6, 2017
Ends
August 25, 2017 (not 14, 21)
Authors
Eggs Collective
Director
Eggs Collective
Lighting
Mark Distin
Technical
Mark Whitelaw (dramaturg)
Production manager
Amy Chandler
Cast includes
Sara Cocker, Lowri Evans, Leonie Higgins
Producer
Eggs Collective
Running time
1hr