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Fringe Review: Aaron Simmonds and the Person That He Loves @ Tolbooth Market


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Aaron Simmonds and the Person That He Loves is a perfect evening show for those looking for deep belly laughs.

Aaron Simmonds really likes Harry Potter, he can’t fall asleep without listening to the audio books and treats Harry Potter trivia like his life depends on it, and this is what his set is all about - the person he loves.

His venue in a small room at the back of Tolbooth Market is not exactly equipped for his wheelchair, having asked for a stage so the audience can see him he’s been provided with a ‘staging area’ - aka a section of a floorboard. The show, therefore, begins with Simmonds explaining his predicament before positioning himself on top of a very tall stool provided by the bar next door.

Simmonds' life seems to be connected to Harry Potter in more ways than most, with his love for the books getting him into some peculiar predicaments. He tells anecdotes about his dating and sex life, including the tale of one date when his competitiveness got the better of him and he took Harry Potter trivia to the next level by turning it into a game of strip trivia.

Weaving together stories about his awkward dates, life in a wheelchair and living with cerebral palsy, Simmonds has the audience laughing at his every word.

A rising star in the world of comedy and a BBC New Comedian finalist in 2017, Simmonds is a talent worth seeing and while his 2018 Fringe show is free he could easily sell out a venue twice the size next year.

Aaron Simmonds and the person that he loves is at Tolbooth Market at 6.45pm until August 25th. For tickets and more information click here.

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