The Eulogy of Toby Peach

Toby Peach

Underbelly, Cowgate

From 06 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Rating: ***

Review by Philip Fisher

There are some shows that you are desperate to love but somehow, the presentation defeats you.

The Eulogy of Toby Peach fits squarely into that category. It is a comedy about cancer and there is only be one reason why Toby Peach can get away with what ought to be beyond bad taste.

At the age of 20, while a university student, Toby was diagnosed with cancer of the lymph nodes. Just over a year later, having seemingly escaped, he was thrown back into the horrors of the disease.

Pleasingly, after a series of hellish treatments, he now seems to have received a permanent all clear.

For whatever reason, presumably as a reflection of his personality, Toby presents his harrowing story using a style that falls somewhere between aggressive stand-up comedian and children’s TV presenter.

He disseminates a wide array of statistics and war stories some very moving, while the whole awful experience was supported by his loyal girlfriend.

The happy ending should put a smile on to every visitor’s face and maybe such an outcome for this brave young man is all that matters.