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Friday, September 14, 2018

‘Real & definitive progress could be made’: Here’s to all the women’s stories we’ve yet to hear by Debbie Gilpin

Apparently, 2018 is the ‘Year of the Woman’, and it has definitely felt like the world of theatre has stepped up for the occasion.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

BWW Review: HEATHERS THE MUSICAL, Theatre Royal Haymarket by Debbie Gilpin

Following a workshop in 2017 and a work-in-progress run over the summer, The Other Palace's production of cult hit Heathers The Musical makes its West End debut at Theatre Royal Haymarket st…

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Book Review: PUPPETRY: HOW TO DO IT, Mervyn Millar by Debbie Gilpin

Theatre and puppetry director Mervyn Millar's latest book is a practical insight into the use of puppets in theatre. Millar is incredibly well-equipped to provide this thorough guide, having…

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Monday, September 3, 2018

What’s Debbie looking forward to in September 2018? by Debbie Gilpin

On the broader theatrical landscape, there are plenty of things opening this month! In London Eugenius! returns to The Other Palace, Milly Thomas’ Dust transfers to Trafalgar Studios 2, an…

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

BWW Review: PROM 64: VERDI REQUIEM, Royal Albert Hall by Debbie Gilpin

A favourite at the Proms since its first inclusion in the programme in 1956, Giuseppi Verdi's tribute to the Italian poet Alessandro Manzoni had a standalone performance this week, helmed by…

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Friday, August 31, 2018

MISSED THE BOAT: What Girls Are Made Of by Debbie Gilpin

Whilst I do feel like I’ve ‘missed the boat’ slightly, as I’d have loved for a great female and Scottish story to round off my first Edinburgh Fringe, I’m sure there will be a futu…

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

‘Another comic triumph’: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – Touring ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A comic triumph that welcomes everyone to Messina, with some fun musical choices amongst the Shakespeare – the performances from the cast of six are vibrant and full of energy.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

‘Full of wit & impeccable physical comedy’: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – Gray’s Inn Hall ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Anti Disposition’s Much Ado About Nothing is a visual treat that’s chock full of wit and impeccable physical comedy, not to mention the beautiful musical interludes – a glorious Shakes…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

‘A massive learning curve’: Debbie’s final thoughts on the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 by Debbie Gilpin

So now I’m back in London (filled with my own special brand of Fringe Flu), and all my reviews are done (though I’m still not quite sure how I did it), I thought I should really make sur…

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Friday, August 24, 2018

‘Everything you look for in a musical on the Fringe’: THOR & LOKI – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

The Norse mythology musical you’ve been waiting for, unashamedly silly and brilliantly performed – and there’s even a tap number.

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‘Has to be one of the most bizarre things I’ve seen on a stage for quite some time’: FLIES – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

An hour of quintessential absurdist comedy, made into an experience thanks to terrific music and lighting design – and topped off with brilliantly convincing performances.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

‘A show about knowing (or not knowing) who you are’: WHITE – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A show about knowing (or not knowing) who you are, with a focus on growing up mixed race – Koko Brown is an engaging & captivating performer.

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‘New writing & breakfast: what’s not to like?’: BIG BITE-SIZE BREAKFAST SHOW – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show is the ideal way to start a day at the Fringe, with laughs and refreshments galore – a fine selection of short plays.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

‘Sure to inspire the next generation of scientists’: MARK THOMPSON’S SPECTACULAR SCIENCE SHOW – Edinburgh Festival ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Science as you’ve never seen it before, and sure to inspire the next generation of scientists – Mark Thompson’s engaging presenting style has the audience in the palm of his hand.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

‘Exploring the imbalance between the sexes for a deadly purpose’: LADYKILLER – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Ladykiller is a compelling one-woman show that explores the imbalance between the sexes for a deadly purpose – Hannah McClean is breathtaking.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

‘An hour of brilliant new writing that you simply must see’: NEVERWANT – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A keenly observed dark comedy that is incredibly relevant to our technology-dependent lives – an hour of brilliant new writing that you simply must see.

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‘Effortlessly accessible’: MY LEFT / RIGHT FOOT – THE MUSICAL – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

An hysterically funny new musical that also makes a rather pertinent point about disability and inclusivity – the performances are top notch, and it’s effortlessly accessible.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

‘Full of slapstick, beautiful music & a dash of pathos’: WHEN YOU FALL DOWN: THE BUSTER KEATON STORY – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

When You Fall Down: The Buster Keaton Story is enchanting yet informative, full of slapstick, beautiful music, and a dash of pathos – a gargantuan effort by writer/performer James Dangerfi…

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‘A dangerously addictive hour of comedy’: GREAT BRITISH MYSTERIES: 1599? – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A dangerously addictive hour of comedy, bringing you silliness of Tudor proportions – an absolute must-see laugh-fest!

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Friday, August 17, 2018

‘A rib-tickling diversion’: COURTROOM PLAY: A COURTROOM PLAY – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Jon Gracey’s show features a cast of top Fringe comedians (Mandy Dassa, Lucy Farrett, Emily Lloyd-Saini, Chazz Redhead, Katherine Rodden and Thom Tuck) and sets the audiences up as the jur…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

‘A sweet family show with a surprising amount of action’: FINDING PETER – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Finding Peter is a sweet family show with a surprising amount of action packed into 45 minutes – Jenny Wilford leads well.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

‘A must-see show for newbies & veterans alike’: ED FRINGE: THE MUSICAL REVUE – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A must-see show for Fringe newbies and veterans alike, celebrating and berating every conceivable angle in musical form – performed by an enthusiastic cast and backing band.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

‘An intriguing & compelling production’: VIVIAN’S MUSIC, 1969 – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A timely play about a period in modern history that may be unfamiliar to many, with dangerously pertinent themes – the performances are engaging and moving.

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‘Swashbuckling family fun’: THE THREE MUSKETEERS – St Paul’s Church ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

It’s time to head to 17th-century Paris with d’Artagnan, desperate to become a Musketeer – but hiding a secret that could bring those dreams crashing down in an instant.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

‘Pleasant enough thing but there’s nothing particularly groundbreaking’: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST – West End ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

In Michael Fentiman’s strictly period production, it’s hard to see what we’re meant to care about, and what is supposed to resonate with us. It’s a pleasant enough thing, but there…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

‘A clever & engaging presentation of a familiar story’: BURY THE HATCHET – Hope Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

The way it moves between re-enactments, songs and slightly more informal chat is slickly managed, and makes the audience feel included in the evening rather than simply being there as viewer…

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

‘An interesting piece of new writing that is full of potential’: BREATHE – Bunker Theatre ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Breathe looks at teen suicide, considering both the people who die and those who are left behind; the company have worked with organisations such as Childline to learn more about what they c…

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Album Review: Sounds of Refuge from the stars of The Jungle by Debbie Gilpin

The aim of the album is to challenge preconceptions people may have about refuge and refugees; creativity in those situations might seem, in some ways, to be at the back of people’s minds,…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

What’s Debbie looking forward to in August 2018? by Debbie Gilpin

Though at the moment it looks quiet, I have finally got a draft schedule together for my time in Edinburgh, and it seems as if my plan to ease myself in has just gone out of the window… It…

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

BWW Review: OTHELLO, Shakespeare's Globe by Debbie Gilpin

Michelle Terry's first season at the Globe continues apace, with what some will have marked out as a highlight since its announcement back in January. Mark Rylance returns to the Globe stage…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

BWW Review: LONDON TAP DANCE INTENSIVE GALA PERFORMANCE, The London Cabaret Club by Debbie Gilpin

The London Tap Dance Intensive is the UK's top tap festival, and took place from Friday to Sunday last week. Over the course of three days a variety of workshops were offered at three differ…

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