David Correos @ Gilded Balloon

Insanity, hilarity, horror. The Correos Effect will scar you for life – but in a good way (kind of)

Review by Yasmin Hackett | 15 Aug 2018
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Well. Where to begin? David Correos brings his debut solo hour to Edinburgh with a vengeance this year. It is divisive. Yet, nevertheless, there really seems to be something in it for everyone. You may find yourself crying with laughter in one minute and gagging with horror the next.

This is not an exaggeration: the show starts with some relatively gentle observational material, just to trick you into thinking that this is what you’re here for, but it very swiftly descends into insanity. As for describing the contents of this part of the show? It's really something you have to see for yourself.

Correos’ suggestion that people either ‘love it or hate it’ is true. Some people certainly veer to either one extreme or the other, but it is possible to experience both. It is a clash of love and hate: 'and' rather than 'or'. Can it really be enjoyed? Yes, but it was honestly quite traumatising too. The Correos Effect doesn't really work for star ratings, but oh boy it's a rollercoaster. 

David Correos: The Correos Effect, Gilded Balloon, Teviot Row House (Turret), 1-27 Aug (not 13), 9pm, £6-10

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