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Edinburgh Fringe: Gotcha! – theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

Writer: Charles Barron Director: Charles Barron Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:1.5] If Gotcha! was to be summed up in one word it would be: interminable. Ninety five minutes of jumbled, vaguely connected characters waxing lyrical on a range of topics from Scottish drinking culture to the war in Afganistan, this piece is shot through with examples of racism and a shoe-horned ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Punch – Underbelly

Writer: Steven Bloomer Director: Jessica Edwards Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:2.5] Inevitably with every fringe there will be a show that divides critical opinion, it would appear that Punch is this reviewer's marmite. John played by Matthew Jones of Frisky and Mannish fame is being questioned by eager to please social worker Anne (Kirsty Mann) about a number of incidents, the ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: The Miller’s Tale, Wahala Dey Oh – C Venue C

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer Adaptation: Ufuoma Overo-Tarimo Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:4] The cast explode onto the stage in a glorious burst of energy and colour and maintain their focus and physicality throughout this re-telling of Chaucer's The Miller's Tale relocated to modern day Nigeria. All the familiar elements are here: the cuckolded husband and the unfaithful young wife but thrown into ...

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London Road – Olivier Theatre, London

Book and lyrics: Alecky Blythe Music and lyrics: Adam Cork Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:3] It’s not often you get the opportunity to revisit a production, a year apart. Last year on press night for London Road in the Cottesloe theatre, the atmosphere was electric; a sense that we were witnessing a new direction for musical theatre. A ...

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Absurd Person Singular – Minerva Theatre, Chichester.

Author and Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating:4.5]   The last time I went to see an Ayckbourn play I was sadly disappointed and struggled to remember why I found his work so amusing 40 years ago. This afternoon’s production at the Minerva made me remember exactly what it was that attracted me back then; the mix of black ...

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surprises – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Writer and Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:4]   Set sometime in the fairly distant future and, in the second and third acts, some fifty and sixty years later, the story begins with the age old problem of a father not wanting his precious daughter to throw herself away on a worthless suitor. This simple enough plot is complicated ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Swing A Midsummer Night’s Dream – C

Writer: William Shakespeare Adapter and Director: Felicity Courage Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3] Courage Performers is a performing arts club for young people based in Bradford, on Avon and Corsham. Their senior group is performing Swing A Midsummer Night’s Dream, based on Shakespeare’s play (including much of his text) but with the addition of songs from Cole Porter. The songs used ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Woza Albert! – Assembly Hall

Writers: Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema and Barney Simon Director: Prince Lamla Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] More than 30 years after it was written and 18 years after the policy of Apartheid officially ended in South Africa, the well-known political satire Woza Albert! somehow remains as funny and as relevant as ever. Addressing social inequality and the subjugation of one race ...

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