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The Play That Goes Wrong – The Grand, Leeds

Writers:  Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Set Designer: Nigel Hook Reviewer: Rob Atkinson This play has a starkly self-explanatory title, but it’s one that rather pushes the boundaries of understatement. To say that the play goes wrong is rather like stating that RMS Titanic had slight buoyancy problems – it’s a phrase that comes nowhere near ...

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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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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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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Hurricane Michael – The Warren Studio 3

Writer and performer: Russell Layton Director: Simon Hudson Reviewer: James Napleton In 1987 the BBC weather program broadcast that there was a meteorological disaster heading this way, it was called Hurricane Michael… Phish. A blur of punning, wordplay and parody Hurricane Michael is a frenzied one-man comedy that follows this meteorological maverick through his greatest achievements and biggest disaster. Michael ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Love of Stationery – The Warren Theatre Box

Reviewer: Simon Topping As the lights hit the stage, we are introduced to a very odd individual. A woman, prepared for any eventuality, stands before us with a cycle helmet on (just in case a gargoyle falls on her head), a vacuum cleaner (called Henry) in her hands, a toilet roll belt round her waist and mounds of sugar in ...

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Vice Versa – Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Two men either side of a woman in Roman costume

Writer: Phil Porter Director: Janice Honeyman Reviewer:  James Garrington Loud-mouth General Braggadocio is convinced that he is one of the most popular men in Rome – especially with the women. His three servants – Feclus, Omnivorous and Dexter – all hate and despise him. Braggadocio has kidnapped Voluptua, Dexter’s former mistress, and is keeping her as a concubine but she ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Sooz Kempner: Sooz on Film – Lamb@ Nowhere Man

Sooz Kempner in Sooz on FIlm

Reviewer: Simon Topping Sooz Kempner jumps onto stage with great enthusiasm and some very snazzy trainers on. Obsessed by film, Kempner yearns to win an Oscar. In this show, she tells us how she plans to grab one for herself as well as the circumstances that lead to her cinematic infatuation. This is the very first preview of the stand-up ...

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The Addams Family – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Man in smoking jacket at dining table

Writers: Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman Composer & Lyricist: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Tom Finch Everyone's favourite spooky family is back and they've gone musical. First seen on Broadway in 2010 The Addams Family - The Comedy Musical has finally arrived in Britain and is on tour. The plot is simple enough, young Wednesday is bringing a boy, ...

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