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Monday, September 17, 2018

Maurice review at Above The Stag, London – ‘fine performances and direction’ by Paul Vale

In the 1960s, EM Forster saw little reason to publish his 1914 novel Maurice, as its themes and writing seemed dated. Published

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Eris review at the Bunker, London – ‘an orchestrated riot of sound and movement’ by Paul Vale

Eris was the goddess of strife and her most important role in mythical history was to act as a catalyst to the

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Salad Days review at Richmond Theatre, London – ‘lively revival of an old-fashioned musical’ by Paul Vale

The world has changed a great deal since Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds wrote Salad Days just as the era it was

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The Stage/Razzamataz Scholarship winners 2018 by Paul Vale

As part of The Stage Scholarships scheme, Razzamataz Theatre Schools has offered a total of 24 awards for 2018. Winners from all

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

High Ridin’ review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘unassuming but underwritten one-act drama’ by Paul Vale

Past mistakes and a fresh start form the backbone of James Hogan’s new one-act drama High Ridin’. In several aspects it’s quite

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Distance review at Park Theatre, London – ’emotionally compelling’ by Paul Vale

Alex McSweeney’s Distance ties in with a new initiative at the Park in conjunction with MIND to introduce rehearsal practices to protect

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Hamilton (Lewis) review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘a one-joke musical parody’ by Paul Vale

Lin Manuel Miranda’s musical sensation Hamilton is a game-changer. It has altered the shape of musical theatre. But when its West End

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Guy: A New Musical review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘accomplished score, problematic book’ by Paul Vale

This new musical by Stephen Hyde and Leoe Mercer created quite a flurry on the fringe this year. It won awards at

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The Stage/Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company Scholarships winners 2018 by Paul Vale

The Stage Scholarships in conjunction with London-based Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company have been won by Lisa Gilroy and Meghan Smith. Both

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The Stage/Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts Scholarships winners 2018 by Paul Vale

The Stage Scholarship at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts has been awarded to 11-year-old Tori Ryan. A half-scholarship has also been

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Twelfth Night review at Brunel Museum, London – ‘an exceptional touring production’ by Paul Vale

It may have reached the end of a 1300 mile cycle ride but touring Shakespeare company the Handlebards is showing no signs

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Yana Alana: Between the Cracks review at Soho Theatre, London – ‘subversive comedy cabaret’ by Paul Vale

Performance artist and singer Sarah Ward had already established a profile on the cabaret circuit in Australia when she created her alter

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Jason Donovan and His Amazing Midlife Crisis review at Assembly George Square – ‘affectionate confessional cabaret’ by Paul Vale

Since Jason Donovan left the soap opera Neighbours in 1989 for a career in music, he hasn’t really looked back. The darling

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Friday, August 24, 2018

The Marilyn Conspiracy review at Assembly, Edinburgh – ‘under-developed drama that blurs fact and fiction’ by Paul Vale

Within only a few years of Marilyn Monroe’s death, conspiracy theories began to evolve. Her links with mafia figures were well known,

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hamlet (an Experience) review at Sweet Novotel, Edinburgh – ‘sensitive, immersive interpretation’ by Paul Vale

Following on from last year’s Richard III (a One-Woman show), Emily Carding takes on the role of the Danish prince in Hamlet

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Cazeleon: The Movies in My Mind review at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh – ‘captivating vocalist and storyteller’ by Paul Vale

With signature grey-scale make-up and outrageous style Cazeleon cuts quite an unusual figure, even on the fringe cabaret stage. Meticulous contouring presents

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Margo: Half Woman, Half Beast review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘moving personal drama’ by Paul Vale

Many artists have attempted to capture on stage the essence of cabaret during the Weimar Republic in Germany. Rather than simply performing

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The Dip review at the Space, Edinburgh – ‘undisciplined but ripe with possibility’ by Paul Vale

Milk and Blood is a brand new theatre collective drawn predominantly from graduates of East 15 Acting School and The Dip is

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Benny review at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh – ‘unimaginative biopic of a comedy legend’ by Paul Vale

When Benny Hill died in 1992, his body lay undiscovered for two days. His career as a comedian had been over for

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The Swell Mob review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘a heady affair that could be tighter on the details’ by Paul Vale

The Flabbergast Theatre members are the regular fringe creatives behind the puppet creations Boris and Sergey. This year, the creative team has

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Dandy Darkly’s All Aboard! review at Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh – ‘queer storytelling with creative eloquence’ by Paul Vale

Of all the American performers currently integrating apologies into their work at the moment, none comes close to the creative eloquence of

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Kids Play review at the Space, Edinburgh – ‘Expertly crafted comedy-drama’ by Paul Vale

Within the first few minutes of Kids Play, you think you’ve got the premise pretty much tied up. Booted and suited, Greg

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The Rockford File review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘great idea that needs better dramaturgy’ by Paul Vale

If The Rockford Files is the main point of reference in your show, then chances are your expected audience will be in

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Really Want To Hurt Me review at Assembly Hall, Edinburgh – ‘absorbing coming-of-age monologue’ by Paul Vale

There are coming-of-age tales aplenty at the Fringe but this moving story from Ben SantaMaria captures the well of loneliness that a

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Early Birds review at PQA Venues, Edinburgh – ‘plenty of laughs’ by Paul Vale

When the BBC sitcom Birds of a Feather launched in 1989 it made household names of Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley

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Trans Pennine review at theSpace, Edinburgh – ‘engaging, bitter-sweet comedy’ by Paul Vale

From the team that gave us last year’s From Today Everything Changes, Ian Tucker-Bell’s Trans Pennine once again uses personal testimony to

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Addiction: The Untold Story review at theSpace, Edinburgh – ‘badly scripted and appallingly staged’ by Paul Vale

Addiction is a diverse and complex condition that affects one in three people. It has often been addressed on stage and screen

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Fronting review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘important but rather gauche writing’ by Paul Vale

David has been diagnosed with HIV and his life is changed irrevocably. While still trying to process the diagnosis himself, he is

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Drive-By Shooting at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘grand opera meets gun crime’ by Paul Vale

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a place for experimentation and a perfect example is the new micro-opera Drive-By Shooting, by John McIlduff

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A Generous Lover review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘absorbing storytelling with a unique perspective’ by Paul Vale

La John Joseph is a regular performance artist and commentator on the queer scene in the UK and beyond. At face value,

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Gate 64 at Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh – ‘heart-warming, if unremarkable’ by Paul Vale

If you’ve ever found yourself waiting endlessly in a queue, Winnie may have the answer to your boredom. She might look like

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