Hardeep's stand-up is autobiographical. He reminisces about his childhood as an Indian boy growing up in seventies Glasgow. Sporting a pink turban and a kilt, Hardeep delivers a monologue hinting at the ups and downs of multi-cultural Scotland.
After the monologue, while his guests entertain, Hardeep concentrates on the dish he's preparing. “Masala is a special sauce made of different ingredients, assembled in the same place at a special time,” Hardeep remarks. And like a masala sauce, I am reminded that the Edinburgh Fringe brings a variety of different people from different places into a shared space. Within the time and place of this temporary community lie hidden possibilities.
Hardeep Singh Kohli offers up a charming performance along with a taste of India to his guests and audience members. It's a peaceful contrast to the pulsating streets of Edinburgh at Festival time.
- Jack Beglin