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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

When I Fall, If I Fall review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘tightly crafted’ by Paul Vale

There are three indistinct figures projected on to a wall and as Offenbach’s Orpheus pipes up, they begin to can-can. As the

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Psycho Drama Queen review at Zoo, Edinburgh – ‘good ideas and scenarios’ by Paul Vale

Nobody is listening to Lucy. Her job is stressful and the plumbing in the flat is up the spout. She is trying

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Yukon Ho! (Tall Tales from the Great White North) review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘autobiographical dance cabaret’ by Paul Vale

A lone, heavily coated figures staggers on to a vast empty stage and the sound of howling winds whistle about the room.

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Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘a charmless stage adaptation’ by Paul Vale

The 1999 movie Cruel Intentions transported the intrigues of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ novel Les Liaisons dangereuses to present day Manhattan. It

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Ginger Johnson’s Happy Place review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘entertaining and uplifting cabaret’ by Paul Vale

In a dressing room at the Edinburgh Fringe, a cabaret star Ginger Johnson collapses under the stress of alt-right politics, global warming

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Jekyll and Hyde review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘irrepressibly good-natured romp’ by Paul Vale

It’s unlikely you are going to be greeted with more enthusiasm than you are by the cast of Jekyll and Hyde. Adopting

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Son of Dyke review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘Quick witted and fast paced’ by Paul Vale

Jordan Waller is possibly best known for his role as Lord Arthur Paget in ITV’s Victoria. In this self-penned, autographical piece Waller

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Sex Education review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘a sex-positive confessional’ by Paul Vale

When Harry Clayton-Wright came out to his parents at 14, his mother accepted this revelation but was unable to talk to him

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#HonestAmy review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘candid solo show about cancer battle’ by Paul Vale

Amy Booth-Steel has been through the mill. A successful jobbing actor and a popular member of the theatre community, the trajectory of

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The Red review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘Marcus Brigstocke’s bittersweet tale of alcohol addiction’ by Paul Vale

Marcus Brigstocke has made regular appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe since winning the BBC New Comedy Award in 1996, either doing stand-up

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Stage/Emil Dale Academy Scholarships winners 2019 by Paul Vale

The Emil Dale Academy has announced the five winners of The Stage Scholarships 2019. For the two-year BTec sixth-form course in musical

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Sherlock Holmes and the Invisible Thing review at Rudolf Steiner Theatre, London – ‘old fashioned and lacking in energy’ by Paul Vale

The Rudolf Steiner Theatre, situated just off Baker Street, is an appropriate home for a small-scale Sherlock Holmes drama. Take Note Theatre’s

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Bridges of Madison County review at Menier Chocolate Factory, London – ‘intimate and affecting’ by Paul Vale

Jason Robert Brown is perhaps best known for his musicals Parade and The Last Five Years. Neither of them was a massive

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Closer to Heaven review at Above the Stag, London – ‘lively revival of the Pet Shop Boys musical’ by Paul Vale

In 2001, when Closer to Heaven was originally produced, its creators Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, aka the Pet Shop Boys, were

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Private Lives review at the Mill at Sonning – ‘a stylish but safe production’ by Paul Vale

Of all Noel Coward’s plays, Private Lives is the one that epitomises his distinctive theatrical language. The wit is as dry as

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Stage/Sylvia Young Theatre School Scholarships winner 2019 by Paul Vale

This year’s winner of The Stage Scholarship at Sylvia Young Theatre School is 12-year-old Gretchen Withecomb, from Lewisham in London. The award

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Stage/Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts Scholarships winner 2019 by Paul Vale

This year The Stage Scholarship at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts has been awarded to 13-year-old Maddie Monti. The talented performer

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Afterglow review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘predictable plotting and paper-thin-characters’ by Paul Vale

The pleasure and perils of polyamory are expounded in S Asher Gelman’s Afterglow, arriving to London following a hugely successful run Off-Broadway

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Beneath the Blue Rinse review at Park Theatre, London – ‘big, brash comedy about growing old’ by Paul Vale

Few crimes are more despicable than those that exploit the elderly. Shockingly, more than 450,000 people over the age of 66 suffer

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

#BeMoreMartyn: The Boy With the Deirdre Tattoo review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘moving verbatim performance’ by Paul Vale

Martyn Hett was 29 years old when he was killed, along with 22 others, in the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017. Hett

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens review at Union Theatre, London – ‘slick, smart production’ by Paul Vale

Inspired by the Names Project Aids Memorial Quilt, Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens is a song cycle that gives testimony

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Coral Browne – This F***ing Lady! review at King’s Head, London – ‘enthusiastic but under-rehearsed performance’ by Paul Vale

The actor Coral Browne moved to London from Australia in 1936 with a string of classical leading-lady credits to her name and

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Monday, May 20, 2019

This Island’s Mine review at King’s Head, London – ‘worthy revival’ by Paul Vale

Philip Osment’s play This Island’s Mine was originally performed by theatre company Gay Sweatshop in 1988. The government had just introduced the

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Summer Street review at Waterloo East, London – ‘a clumsy musical parody of Australian soap operas’ by Paul Vale

Andrew Norris’ musical began life in 2004 as a nostalgic pastiche of the Australian soap operas Neighbours and Home and Away, set

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Friday, May 10, 2019

A Belly Full review at the Mill at Sonning – ‘underpowered script, but good performances’ by Paul Vale

The play A Belly Full started life as a screenplay by Canada-based authors Marcia Kash and Mary Colin Chisholm. It failed to

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Boom Bang-a-Bang review at Above the Stag, London – ‘spirited revival of Jonathan Harvey’s play’ by Paul Vale

Jonathan Harvey’s plays have frequently graced the stage at Above the Stag. The new venue opened with a production of his play

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Supper Freak review at Bloomsbury Ballroom, London – ‘inventive, immersive dining experience’ by Paul Vale

Immersive dining experiences are on the increase. Companies such as Gingerline and Funicular are carving out a space for themselves, offering elaborate

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Jewel of the Empire review at Pedley Street Station, London – ‘enjoyable immersive dining experience’ by Paul Vale

The Pedley Street Station venue has been operating for a year now, delivering theatrical dining experiences on board a fake Pullman carriage

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Uncle Vanya review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘a traditional, abridged staging’ by Paul Vale

As its name suggests, Tales Retold is a company that attempts to find alternative ways to explore classic texts. It scored a

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Friday, April 26, 2019

The Picture of Dorian Gray review at Richmond Theatre, London – ‘stylish and intelligent adaptation’ by Paul Vale

When Oscar Wilde published his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray in 1891, it caused a scandal. The anti-hero of the title

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Gals Aloud producer Christopher Clegg: ‘We’re much more than just a drag show’ by Paul Vale

Producer Christopher Clegg knew he had a hit on his hands with a drag tribute to Girls Aloud, but trying to secure

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