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TIM MINCHIN Mischievous musical comedy from the wild-haired one Rather a lot has happened since 2011, the year that Tim Minchin last toured the UK with his largely loveable and sometimes ﬁ erce musical comedy. The Northampton-born, Western Australia-raised winner of the Best Newcomer Award at 2005’s Edinburgh Fringe has witnessed his stage career go stratospheric with the glorious success of Matilda now being matched by his Olivier-winning Groundhog Day. On small screens Minchin has been in Californication (playing a rocker called Atticus Fetch) and he’s set to star in Upright, a road drama for Sky. But while his wild hair and fondness for lavish eye-liner have been an obvious draw, his social conscience is even more admirable. He upset all the right people in 2017 during the same-sex marriage debates when he reworked a patriotic Aussie standard, ‘I Still Call Australia Home’, into his own version: ‘I Still Call Australia Homophobic’. Now he’s back with a live show entitled, cunningly, Back. The tour is dubbed as full of ‘Old Songs, New Songs, Fuck You Songs’ with the ‘sold-out’ signs already being displayed proving that his public can hardly wait for more of this scamp’s mischief-making and ear for a killer melody. (Brian Donaldson) ■ Edinburgh Playhouse, Tue 19 & Wed 20, Sat 23 Nov; SEC, Glasgow, Fri 22 Nov.
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