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“Karen received some wonderful reviews for ALADDIN at the King's Theatre, Glasgow:

"...already well established is Dunbar's blissful affinity with panto mayhem"
★★★★ - Mary Brennan, The Herald

"Karen Dunbar as Glasgow's new panto icon ... the Glasgow pantomime has triumphed again."
★★★★ - Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

"Dunbar, in particular is a star; a woman who merely needs to raise an eyebrow or flare a nostril to have an audience in stitches"
★★★★ - Eric Potts, The Public Reviews”

“Karen Dunbar is undoubtedly the funniest woman in Scotland and seems completely in her element onstage in panto. She delivers the Glasgow patter with fluid ease and the audience hang on her every word like Santa on his sleigh ... “laughing all the way”!” Cameron Lowe, UK Theatre Network

“Praise for Karen in 'The Guid Sisters'

“…a compelling Karen Dunbar”
★★★★ - The Scotsman

“Karen Dunbar… is on blistering form”
★★★★- The List

“An exemplary ensemble”
★★★★★ - The Guardian

“Karen Dunbar… predictably superb”
★★★ - Scotsman.com
Scottish News

“Karen Dunbar was formidable – I’ve never seen her as a great physical presence or a natural clown, but she turns out to be both, and as a towering dominatrix, she’s even weirdly sexy.

Humorous. She probably made me laugh more than anyone. The line about needing a costumectomy after she’d squeezed her fat-bum suit into a Lady Gaga thong was inspired.
The Big Issue Scotland

“…Karen Dunbar's emergence as a gorgeous, funny and beguiling female Dame, perhaps the first Widow Twankey ever to adopt a look that's as much post-punk single mum as ageing Victorian washerwoman.

…when Ms Dunbar girds up her skirts and belts out her transformation version of the theme from Fame, accompanied by a great little chorus of singing, dancing Glasgow kids – well, the old King's panto becomes irresistible again; and ready to defend its corner in any coming Glasgow panto wars.
The Scotsman

“Regulars Gerard Kelly… and Widow Twanky par excellance Karen Dunbar…the heart of the show, turning in warm, appealing and brilliantly dedicated performances rooted in music hall tradition that get the audience shrieking, whooping and singing along.

More Dunbar doing Dolly Parton next year? Please?
The List

“Boasting a million pound production and two of Scotland’s most loved Christmas performers in Gerard Kelly and Karen Dunbar, the King’s presents Glasgow’s flagship pantomime. The plot is swallowed by Kelly’s Wishee Washee and Dunbar as Widow Twankey, yet the slapstick and word play keeps the hilarity high and the pace frenetic.

Dunbar makes the most of her costume changes and mobile features, making this a perfect comedy partnership.
The Stage

“Karen Dunbar, now Dame-ing it for the third time at the King’s, is well at home in the business of saucy retorts and ridiculous costumes – her Lady Gaga is a stoatir, with the jokes to match the cheeky outfit.
Herald Scotland

“Queen of Scottish Comedy.
The Sun

“Grab a ticket and head for the front.
***** The Scotsman

“She has the moves and sleight of hand to become Scotland’s most successful export since Billy Connolly with the bottle to go where he, even these days, might think twice about treading.
***** The Herald

“From the moment she bounded on to the stage she simply sizzled with energy, dealing effortlessly with hecklers and dishing out one hilarious one-liner after the other.
The Scotsman

“The hottest ticket of the Festival. She might just follow a certain Mr. Connelly onto the international stage.
Independent

“From the start she is a brilliant drunk, her emotions veering from aggression to tears to anger and contempt.
Daily Mirror Blog, August 12th 2008

“She could easily be sold as a female, Scottish Peter Kay.
Chortle

“Dunbar moves from subject to subject with breakneck speed and bounces back with hilarious unpredictability.
Edinburgh Evening News

“In typical Dunbar fashion, the slow-building comedy set grew into an unbearably funny comic experience that saw strangers hugging each other to stop themselves falling about laughing.
Three Weeks

“Prancing round her stage to the music of Stephanie De Sykes, demanding the audience join in sets the tone, she has them with her from the start, and never loses them.
www.one4review.com

“Often referred to as the Queen of Scottish comedy, Dunbar’s style evokes obvious comparisons to the legendary Billy Connolly as she dispenses profanities and obscenities at a furious pace.
Edinburgh Evening News

“Every stressed-out working man and women in the audience could let their hair down, laugh at unmentionable material and not feel guilty about it.
Three Weeks

“She’s like a virus, infectious and Ayr-born, manipulating the audience from the very start by getting them to join in with some call-and-response business, and she slips in plenty of snatches of populist hits to make a connection.
Chortle

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Karen Dunbar is one of Scotland's best-known actors and has starred in some of its top comedy programmes including Chewin' the Fat and The Karen Dunbar Show.