EDINBURGH FRINGE: Anguis at the Gilded Balloon Teviot (Dining Room)***
I found it difficult to get my head round Cleopatra coming back from the dead to be interviewed for a podcast in actress Sheila Atim’s first foray into playwriting.

Not only that but she sings the blues, plays guitar and laughs at the idea that she was killed by an asp - now all those myths are shattered!

Nevertheless, the performances are so strong that I would be happy just for the actors to recite the phone book.

As it is, contemporary immunologist Kate Williams is interviewing Cleo (as she likes to be called) about the things that matter most to her. As time goes on it turns out that each of the women believe in different things and tensions rise. Kate has her own problems and becomes distracted, and the interview turns into a bitter fight which Janet Kumah as Williams, and Paksie Vernon, deliver with conviction and passion.

As for Vernon’s singing, I would happily pay to see her perform in her own music gig.

In sharp contrast, radio producer David provides some light-hearted, down-to-earth moments to lighten the darkness.

Anguis is at the Gilded Balloon Teviot until Aug 26 at 3pm. Tickets are priced from £12 with concessions
Box Office: 0131 226 0000 edfringe.com
Image: David Monteith-Hodge