Testimonials & Reviews
“I cannot recommend Iestyn’s talk/show with Madame Galina highly enough. At our literary festival, it brought old-fashioned, childish, belly-laughing hysteria which alternated with sobering glimpses of reality for a soldier at war, along with some dazzlingly virtuosic ballet. And his singing, goodness me! This after dinner one-off is the definition of a great night out.”
Julia – November 2023
“Iestyn Edwards is brilliant. In “My Tutu went AWOL” he displays a mix of talents that left our audience laughing and moved in equal measure. They would have been happy to hear the whole session again. Part stand up, part story teller, and a dancer and a singer with an incredible and surprising voice, Iestyn’s story of his journey to troop entertainer in Iraq and Afghanistan and of the deep and lasting friendships he made there is a great piece of theatrical entertainment that I recommend heartily in every meaning of that word. Also it was a wonderful start to our Autumn season.”
Peter – November 2023
“Having experienced seeing The Divinely Madame Galina, The Prima Ballerina, it can only be said that seeing is truly believing! A tutu in a warzone! A tank! A truly unique, laugh out loud and moving, wipe a tear away experience. So good was Iestyn that I have booked to perform at one of my local WI meeting in 2024.”
Gwen WI – November 2023
“I recently had the pleasure of seeing Iestyn in his presentation titled ‘My Tutu Went AWOL. Iestyn (or should I say Madame Galina) was fantastic! He was funny and entertaining, telling anecdotes of his life during his visits to worn torn countries. Because he was so good, I have now booked Iestyn for one of our forthcoming WI meetings.”
Jill WI – November 2023
The Vicar Of Bray was my favourite.”
Oliver – November 2023
“And now, ladies and gentlemen, I give you something completely different – please welcome Madame Galina, the Forces’ Sweetheart!” – aka Iestyn Edwards, pirouetting onto the stage or into your meeting hall in his much travelled costume tutu. What follows is his very amusing account of touring the battlefield camps of Iraq masquerading somewhat improbably as the Sugar Plum Fairy entertaining Royal Marines a sharing some of their dangers. His dancing skills are eclipsed by his beautiful singing voice but above all he is friendly, extremely amusing and is in a class of his own. Are you ready, ladies and gentlemen, for a show not quite like any other?”
Stansted U3A – November 2023
“Iestyn (or should I say the Madame) mixes irresistible charm with total tomfoolery and high class talent. The result is a bewitching brew which had me in stitches and wanting so much more. Maximum joy”
James – October 2023
“Iestyn visited us earlier this year with his talk ‘my tutu went AWOL’.
Our ladies experienced every emotion with Madame Galina, but I can certainly say, the hall was filled with laughter from start to finish.
A fine performance of ballet dancing, opera singing, and memoirs from camps, Iestyn had us all on the edge of our seats.
A really fabulous evening – hilarious, fun, and very thought provoking! If you haven’t booked Iestyn yet, please do! Highly recommended by the ladies of Terling WI.”
Terling WI – October 2023
“ I help run a veterans group. We had Iestyn to entertain our group in Oct 2023.
He was so good. Certainly different. But so funny, did a bit of singing. Dressed amazing. If you want someone different. Please try Iestyn. You won’t regret it.”
Liz – October 2023
“When I booked Iestyn edwards to come along and entertain our group of Sainsburys vetrans in Ipswich, little did i know he would make such a magnificent entrance in full tu tu and had eveybody laughing and interested in his story telling. Also he has a lovely singing voice.Thanks for a great afternoon.”
Carole – September 2023
“Iestyn entertained our audience here at Fairycroft House, with his fantastically humorous and engaging account of his mischief and antics whilst entertaining the troops in Iraq.
The audience loved it, and we hope to book him again soon, by popular demand.”
Lee – July 2023