REVIEW: Dilruk Jayasinha: Cheat Day(s) – 4*

REVIEW: Dilruk Jayasinha: Cheat Day(s) – 4*

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Written by Sarah Exton

Review date: 20th August 2019

Watching Dilruk Jayasinha has got to be one of my favourite surprises at Edinburgh Fringe 2019. His posters may showcase a larger fellow, however, what you get in person is someone rather different. Don’t worry, Dilruck addresses this from the very beginning.

This hilarious yet wholesome hour with Dilruk is filled with heartfelt storytelling, as Dilruk goes into some detail about his changing mentality toward food and alcohol in life. Starting with the influence of his Sri Lankan parents and grandmother, Dilruk explains where certain eating habits came about. Whilst talking about what caused him to gain so much weight, we hear about his experiences of bullying at school and being an emotional eater; we also learn the motivation behind his decision to lose weight. A story we can all relate to, especially the difficulties of maintaining weight loss.

There are moments of side-splitting comedy within this hour, and I’d happily watch him for longer. His charming way of performing means that when talking about his insecurities and how that led him to do stupid things, instead of making us cringe and feeling awkward, Dilruk happily gives us permission to laugh at him; as he too recognises how ridiculous he was.

I think this is a show that everyone can relate to in one way or another. It’s raw, it’s funny, and it’s heartwarming. We’ve all change over time, both physically and mentally, and that’s why it’s easy to empathise with Dilruk as he’s telling us of a journey most of us have been on.

Catch Dilruk on at the Gilded Balloon Teviot (Wine Bar), every day (except the 22nd) at 9PM. Book your tickets here:

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August 22nd, 2019

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