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Edinburgh Fringe: Late Night Gimp Fight – Pleasance Courtyard

Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [Rating:3] The name of this sketch troupe alone should be enough to bring audiences flocking, and having gathered a following over the last couple of years, they have bagged a late-night slot at one of the Fringe's most popular venues. Despite their subversive name, Late Night Gimp Fight are pretty tame. They cover familiar comedy ground such ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Montmorency – C

Novel: Eleanor Updale Writers: Chris Snow and Matthew Hopkinson Directors: Chris Snow and Mitch Whitehead Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 3] A new stage adaptation of Eleanor Updale’s novel of the same name, Montmorency is the first part of a story about a man who remakes himself to escape the life he was born into. After being horrendously injured by falling ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Moth To The Flame – Paradise In The Vault

Writer: Annie McCourt Director: Tom Foster Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:2] With teenagers now increasingly reliant on technology to entertain them, providing constant communication with their friends and peers, Annie McCourt’s new play, Moth to the Flame, looks at the consequences for one vulnerable teenager when this access is removed and the lengths she will go to in order to reconnect ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: The Girl With No Heart – Bedlam Theatre

Writer: Louisa Ashton Composer: Lawrence Illsley Designer: Anna Shuttleworth Director: Shelly Knowles-Dixon Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4.5] Inspired by the tragic events at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and commemorating the anniversaries of those atomic bombings, Sparkle and Dark’s Travelling Players' new show The Girl With No Heart is beautiful, magical and haunting in equal measure. Set in two imaginary lands, one where ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Doug Segal: How to Read Minds and Influence People – Gilded Balloon

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:5] Ex-advertising executive and psychology graduate Doug Segal has been described as “Derren Brown, but funny”. This isn’t a bad comparison at all. He freely admits to using suggestion, reading of minutiae, statistics, showmanship, lying and cheating – but not magic - to achieve his effects. Nevertheless, most of his act is simply astounding. Incredibly personable, he ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Bring The Noise – Pleasance Courtyard

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:5] This is the fifth year of The Noise Next Door at Edinburgh Fringe, and Bring The Noise cements their reputation as one of the most innovative and talented bands of improvisers around. Their work is so effortless and of such high quality that if it weren’t that one was there when some quite ridiculous suggestions are ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: It’s My Wonderful Life – theSpace@Jury’s Inn

Writer: Charles Michael Edmonds Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 2.5] A solo account of Charles Michael Edmonds’ real life experiences of drug use, rehab and the rocky road to recovery, It’s My Wonderful Life is frank with no frills. Performed by its author, it offers a look inside the mind of an addict who is in the depths of denial about ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Absolute Improv! – C Nova

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:2.5] To Be Continued…are an international trio of improvisers based in Edinburgh and originally formed in 2009. Their show, Absolute Improv!follows the usual routine for such shows: a series of games with suggestions from the audience and some audience participation. Unfortunately, they can only be as good as the audience’s suggestions, and these were sadly lacking in ...

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