The Black Blues Brothers return to Edinburgh Fringe following a sell-out run in 2019. The troupe have performed for the Royal Family and the Pope, and it’s not hard to see why they are in such a high demand. This jaw-dropping production is performing at the Assembly Rooms this Edinburgh Fringe.
The setting is an old-fashioned nightclub, the kind that would have existed in America in the times of prohibition and racial segregation. The barman and waiters become the performers stripping off their uniforms to perform stunts that have the audience gasping in joy.
The music blasts out of an old radio, real Americana soul music is fused with modern circus as the Black Blues Brothers turn the relatively small stage into a playground of human pyramids, balancing acts and a fire filled limbo dance.
It’s genuinely stunning stuff, and Alexander Sunny’s script and direction gives a strong narrative to surround the stunts. The performers; Bilal Musa Huka, Rashid Amini Kulembwa, Seif Mohamed Mlevi, Peter Mnyamosi Obunde, and Mohamed Salim Mwakidudu made even the toughest routines look easy and their charming interactions with the audience were a delight.
The Black Blues Brothers is a thrilling experience, that brings its audience deep into the fold. People will come for the stunts, but will leave with an appreciation for the talented and enigmatic performers. One thing was clear, the audience couldn’t get enough, and most definitely didn’t want it to finish.