Dancer and performer Elliot Minogue-Stone follows in his comedic legend father lan Stone’s footsteps as he makes his debut this Edinburgh Fringe with his striking contemporary solo-show Groovicle.
Audiences are invited to join this search of collective discovery about who we are, what we like, and how we co-exist in the Gen Z. This is a comedy show defined as a 21st-century contemporary dance cabaret. On paper that seems like a bit of a perplexing mouthful, but it soon becomes clear(ish!). As the show progresses, we’re never quite sure what’s coming next but the unpredictability just adds to the fun.
Groovicle doesn’t take itself too seriously; it’s full of fun, joy, and humour. That’s not to say it’s meaningless though. On the contrary, there’s an underlying depth that adds quality as we’re encouraged to question our idiosyncrasies.
Elliot Minogue-Stone has a naturally engaging presence, with an ability to treat the audience with respect and a large dose of humour simultaneously. From the moment we enter he creates an easy, relaxed atmosphere as we’re welcomed to our seats. Do be aware there’s audience participation involved, and there’s not much place to hide, but it’s done in a light-hearted way so there’s not too much to worry about.
Minogue-Stone is more than a triple threat. Not only can he sing, dance and act but he’s also a natural comedian and one mustn’t forget his ability to dance remarkably well in high heels; there’s a bit of something for everyone.
The beauty of the Fringe is the ability, thanks to the enclosed venues many shows take place in, is to create a more intimate experience and use the audience to the benefit of the performance. That’s very much the case here; there’s certainly no fourth wall and I imagine this is a show that unfolds slightly differently every time.
This clever, quirky show is 45 minutes of fun at Zoo Southside. Groovicle might be seen as a hidden gem of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.