Jason Donovan & His Amazing Midlife Crisis
George Square Gardens
15.00 until 26th August
***** (5 stars)
The last few days of the Edinburgh Fringe lets us Join Jason Donovan in conversation as he makes his Edinburgh Fringe Debut. At George Square Gardens the large sold out crowd are seated in The Spiegeltent which still manages to create a cosy atmosphere.
We are at first introduced to Jason’s life with a playful video clip reflecting on the early days of his career to where he is now with the good and bad in-between, which is basically a rundown of what he revisits throughout the hour. Once on-stage Jason starts off with a musical number (no spoilers) and his guitar, he then chats and interacts with the audience. Most of the hour is a Q&A style interview in which he is refreshingly honest about the downs in his life and talks openly about his battle with drugs before finishing on a high with a well-known hit and proving he has a great singing voice.
Jason’s career has taken many turns from capturing our hearts in the tv series “Neighbours” to his pop career and becoming a star of stage and screen, radio DJ, actor, but he is also just like us, a friend, father, husband, brother & son.
I really enjoyed seeing Jason perform and hearing his stories and think the brings something a tad different to the fringe and who isn’t loving a bit of 80s & 90s revival.
Talented, honest, funny & entertaining, everything you want from a Fringe show.
Top secret alert –I know from a well-known source that Jason is staying at “Ramsay Gardens” while in Edinburgh, fans of Neighbours will appreciate the irony.
As a final thought that will stay with me “you will never realise the value of a moment until it becomes a memory”