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Edinburgh Fringe : Pool of Blood – Space

Writer: Andrew Sherlock Director: David Llewellyn &Ross Merkin Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:1] Something horrific is taking place at Space Venues at 10:30pm until the 11th August, unfortunately it's the whole production, not just the story that is being told. It's Liverpool, the music hall is dying and the acts are fighting for survival, billed as a musical comedy horror, the ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Continuous Growth – Pleasance Dome

Writer: Esa Leskinen &Sami Keski-Vahala Adaptation: Catherine Grosvenor Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] On entering the theatre the audience are met by cheerful flight attendants who suggest the best seats to sit in and chat chirpily to them while they wait. Announcing they are ready for take off, the performance begins and we are whisked away to the world of Andy ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Mayday Mayday – Pleasance Dome

Writer: Tristan Sturrock Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:3.5] On May Day in 2004, Kneehigh Theatre’s Tristan Sturrock broke his neck falling three meters from a wall in the town of Padstow in Cornwall. Wedged in a small gap, Sturrock could have remained there indefinitely had his pregnant girlfriend and helped by a neighbour – a former paramedic - not found him ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Coalition – Pleasance Dome

Writer: Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] It has been a long time since UK politics yielded a character interesting enough to father a truly biting political satire. That is not to say that during the years of Tory and Labour rule there were not a raft of odious, double-dealing players – far from it - but ...

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When Gandhi Met Chaplin – Kingsley Hall, London

Writer: Jim Kenworth Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: Suman Bhuchar [rating:4]   This delightful play re-imagines what happened when a leading celebrity met a political figure of the day. The two characters could not be more different and yet they managed to click, especially if the performances of Divian Ladwa as Gandhi and Mark Oosterveen as Chaplin are anything to go ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro! – Traverse Theatre

Director: Hamish Pirie Reviewer: Val Baskott [rating:4/5] Bravo Figaro!or,How to Put on an Opera in a Bungalow in Bournemouth, Mark Thomas’ new one-man show, is an odyssey around his relationship with his father but it is not self–indulgent or maudlin. Aficionados of the left wing activist’s stand -up acerbic political humour won’t be disappointed as he tells the story of ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: A Clockwork Orange – Pleasance Courtyard

Writer: Anthony Burgess   Director: Alexandra Spencer-Jones Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:5/5] Returning to Edinburgh after its 2011 season, Alexandra Spencer-Jones’ all-male production of A Clockwork Orange is a definite must see. Always a popular production, perhaps due to the notoriety of both the original novel and the controversial film, the stage version of the piece has had many incarnations. In ...

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York Mystery Plays 2012-York Museum Gardens, York

Director: Paul Burbridge and Damien Cruden Designer: Sean Cavanagh Adaptation: Mike Kenny Composer: Christopher Madin Costume Designer: Anna Gooch Reviewer: Rosie Revell [rating: 4] In keeping with York Theater Royal’s tradition of ground breaking, unique and totally memorable productions, more than 36,000 people are set to experience the North’s most spectacular piece of theatre this summer. Last staged here in ...

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