This month every year, I decamp my household to the Edinburgh Fringe for a month of shows and socialising and this evening I slipped away from baby food and nappies and saw my first Fringe show, the incomparable Mr Mat Ricardo.
Produced by the rather fabulous Gag Reflex, Mat is the very embodiment of a gentleman juggler and he is, without a doubt, the best dressed chap at the Fringe. Wearing the most sick-makingly delicious tailor-made suit from Walker Slater here in (surprisingly) sunny Edinburgh, Mat looked every inch the gent, complete with rather natty pocket square. But enough of his sartorial prowess, on to his show.
I enjoyed it thoroughly, his level of skill is so high and he is completely passionate about his art. With a shot of history thrown in for good measure, the show is a whirlwind journey through some of the highest skill juggling stunts that you will see around today.
So do take the chance to see him, if you can, you won’t regret it. It is a rare treat to see so many incredible stunts in one show and all neatly tied together with Mat’s signature style.
Mat Ricardo: Showman is on from 31st to the 25th August at 18.50 in the Jack Dome, Pleasance Dome.