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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Zhivago Theater – Brighton College, Montague Studio

Writers and Performers: Irena Filippova and Hans Visser  Reviewer: James Napleton After the October Revolution of 1917 Russia and its people would never be the same, as they became part of the world’s first communist state. The story of Doctor Zhivago for Irena and Hans is really a story about its author Boris Pasternak, the many moments in the story ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Slooshy Wordshow, The Rialto Theatre

Man in black jacket

Reviewer: Simon Topping Greg Byron, the performance poet persona of actor, writer, director and producer Gavin Roberston, heads to the stage swathed in darkness; he steps in a slowly dramatic way. The lights switch on suddenly to spot an avuncular face resting his eyes upon us. Stood, with writers notepad in hand, Bryon softly begins the show. With vocal rhythms ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Performance – The Warren: Studio 3

Writer and Performer: Iain Gibbons Reviewer: Paul Couch As we enter The Warren’s Studio 3, we’re greeted by an usher, played by Iain Gibbons. We settle back into our seats to await The Performance through the medium of interpretive dance by the world-famous Jacques-Baptiste Weckbach (played by Iain Gibbons). Fortunately, the show is delayed slightly, which allows a latecomer to ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Agent of Influence: The Secret Life of Pamela More

Writer: Sarah Sigil Director: Jessica Beck Reviewer: Paul Couch While Lady Pamela More may be a fictional construct, the events during World War 2 that frame her story were very real. Lady Pamela is a Times fashionista whose weekly columns rarely stray from the territory of hemlines and hats, couture and camiknickers. However, amid the abdication crisis in 1936, it’s spotted ...

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Chummy – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: John Foster Director: Alice Kornitzer Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Strict genre definitions are handy shorthands for things like Netflix and DJ sets. In a live theatre setting, however, it’s fantastic to have the freedom to bend, break, (re)define and even create a genre as an effort in progressive imagination. John Foster sets out to bring the thrill of film noir ...

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Jekyll & Hyde – The Pleasance, London

Writers: Danny Wainwright and Daniel HallisseyDirector: Danny Wainwright Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Many of us probably see our politicians as Jekyll and Hyde figures, promising one thing with a pleasant smiling face, while tearing it all to shreds with a monstrous grin. How timely then, that in an election period Let Them Call it Mischief have farcically reworked Robert Louis Stevenson’s ...

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Twelfth Night – The Globe, London

Le Gateux Chocolate in Twelfth Night

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty From about 10 seconds into Emma Rice’s last self-directed play for The Globe, you realise that some people are going to absolutely hate it. That realisation should also come with its mirror image - some will mark this up as an absolute triumph for Rice and the new creative wave she’s ...

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