Credit: Atticus Stevenson

 

You could do worse than get on board with Dandy Darkly. The frantic but fabulous conductor takes a wild ride through the darker side of life – all you have to do is sit back and pay attention.

This is a dark and twisted mystery tour through a series of circulatory vignettes about the not-so-sleepy town of Gaybird. Darkly introduces the audience to grotesque and decadent characters in the shape of the parasitic Cracker twins and their megalomaniacal father who has created the latest in high-tech devices – the creepy Lollybots (who have their own TV show, mall, and all the mod cons). There’s also Lil Biscuit, who grows up into his true self thanks to his spider pal, Auntie Nancy.

Dandy Darkly’s tales are well-aimed satire fired from straight from his pointed mind, taking on society’s most realistic horror stories: consumerism, racism, fundamentalism, and homo- and transphobia. Darkly is as outwardly unhinged as we all feel in a world going increasingly mad; he’s only just holding himself together with a delirious cackle. Sometimes laughter in the face of evil really is the best medicine, and Dandy Darkly provides the spoonful of sugar needed to help it all go down.

Until Mon 27 Aug (not 13), Underbelly, Bristo Square, 11.10pm, £9-£10 (£8-£9).