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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Blocked – Sweet Dukebox

Blocked

Director: Scott Le Crass Reviewer: Sophie Huggins A blank stage except for a microphone, stool and bottle of water can only mean one thing: a stand-up show. However, Blocked attempts to twist with the audience’s expectations of a comedy routine, but whether this is successfully carried out is uncertain. The one performer – Laura Curnick, with presence and charisma, plays comedienne ...

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The Ukulele Orchestra: Heresy II Heritage – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Now in their 32nd year, The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain are continuing to tour all over the world, performing at some of the most iconic venues and events, including the Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, the Houses of Parliament and Glastonbury Festival. On their latest tour, The Ukulele Orchestra: Heresy II Heritage, the award-winning octet, who ...

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Brighton Fringe: Hang – Sweet Waterfront 1

Writer: Debbie Tucker Green Director: Kevin Russell Reviewer: James Napleton Hang is an engaging, dialogue-focused drama that unfolds in almost Kafkaesque loops of misdirection and mystery. The entire performance is staged in a meeting room with an unnamed woman and two agents one red and one blue. Set in the near future the woman has come to confirm her decision ...

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Grease – The Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Book, Music & Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Additional songs: Barry Gibb, John Farrer, Louis St Louis and Scott Simon Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Taylor Simmons Grease, the smash hit musical based in the heydey of rock ‘n’ roll, has been a phenomenal success since it burst on to the scene in the 1970s.  Although famous from its 1978 ...

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Brighton Fringe: Performancegate – The Marlborough Theatre

Performancegate

Artists: Jodie Rowe and Eugenie Arrowsmith Reviewer: James Napleton A one-night performance art show, Performancegate takes its audience into the strange realms of conceptual performance and returns them a little blustered. The show is broken up into two parts. The first section is an autobiographical performance where Eugenie goes through an old suitcase full with some of her grandmothers’ possessions. She ...

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The Woman in Black – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

A scene from The Woman In Black by Susan Hill @ Fortune Theatre.

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt, from the novel by Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Selwyn Knight As a young solicitor, Arthur Kipps had an unsettling experience that has had a profound effect on his entire life. Now, as an older man, he hopes to exorcise the ghost by writing an account of what happened and then sharing it with family and friends. ...

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Brighton Fringe: Under My Thumb – The Warren Studio 2

Under My Thumb

Writer: Cassiah Joski-Jethi Director: James Haddrell Reviewer: James Napleton This dystopia explores the life of six women who have become imprisoned for crimes against a militantly patriarchal society. The play takes place in the cell of five women who have been inmates together for several months. Under the guidance of one inmate, they have begun training by putting their bodies ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Woolly: The Morose Merino – The Warren Studio 3

Reviewer: Simon Topping Used to great effect in The Full Monty; Leave your Hat on blasts out of the venues’ speakers. Alexander Cofield, AKA Woolly, seductively thrusts on to the stage and subjects the audience to a most unusual striptease. More a shearing than a strip, this revealing of the flesh is unlike anything encountered in the aforementioned British film ...

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