Review: The Dolly Parton Story ****

The Dolly Parton Story

13.45 until 25th August

The Space @ Symposium Hall

**** (Four Star)

The Dolly Parton Story is a premier for The Edinburgh Fringe and takes you on an incredible journey through the career of the Queen of Country.

Follow Dolly’s story from her childhood poverty, successful marriage, struggles in the industry in general including making the transformation from country to pop and who now currently holds an astonishing 153 major awards including nine Grammys and 11 CMA’s, this is a true rag to riches story that will leave you wanting more.

Hannah Richards performs beautifully with her passionate renditions of Jolene, 9 to 5, Islands in the Stream, Here You Come Again, Coat of Many Colours, Joshua and many more. I enjoyed the music so much I wished they had limited the documentary video in the background so we could enjoy more songs but the bonus was the original photographs gave us a great visual to Dolly’s life and accomplishments.

This is not a tribute act as Hannah does not dress or act as dolly and is a talented singer song writer herself, but I very much enjoyed the simple style that she performs for the audience showing her own personality while singing beautifully. Also, on stage on the guitar is Alex Beharrell, and I LOVED the grand finale duo.

I am not a massive Dolly Parton fan as I’m only familiar with her more famous hits, but just loved the general atmosphere created in the ideal auditorium and would have liked it to have gone on longer. A great addition to the fringe, I am confident if our readers take the time out go and see that they will come out smiling, relaxed and buzzing for more Dolly shows.

Susan Clark