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Edinburgh Fringe: Bugsy Malone – C Too

Book/Lyrics: Paul Williams, Alan Parker Reviewer: Samantha Currie [rating:3] The Portobello Youth Theatre was formed as a youth project in Edinburgh to give local children aged 8-14 the opportunity to perform musical theatre. This year’s production is the musical Bugsy Malone. Set in 1929 New York City during prohibition, the mob rules, there are hoodlums, dancing girls and plenty of ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Beulah – C Nova

Book/Lyrics: Alexander Wright Director: Tom Bellerby Design: Ed Sunman Reviewer: Samantha Currie [rating:5] Beulah belongs to the #LittleFest programme presented by the Flanagan Collective, described as an “...ever growing and changing group of artists who make stuff, support stuff and like to talk about stuff”. It's a gentle folk musical inspired by the writing of William Blake. We all experience ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Blink – Traverse Theatre

Writer: Phil Porter Director: Joe Murphy Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:4.5] Nabokov Theatre Company have always been at the forefront of new and exciting writing, they have also never been scared of trying out something new or being controversial in their subject matter, for their latest project a co-production with Soho Theatre and presented as part of the Traverse Theatre’s fringe ...

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Edinburgh Fringe : Mess – Traverse Theatre

Writer: Caroline Horton Director: Alex Swift Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:4] After her critically acclaimed production of 'You're not like the other girls Chrissy' in 2010 Caroline Horton has fast become a name to watch within the theatre industry, her unique approach to biographical stories take her audiences to places rarely seen on stage, to a place so personal it's hard ...

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PREVIEW: Edinburgh Fringe comedy previews, Manchester

It’s that time of year again, where both fledgling and established comedians hone their acts for thatdaunting hour at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The North West does quite well for attracting comicsto perform, with great Manchester venues such as The Comedy Store, XS Malarkey, The Frog andBucket to name but a few. But what value do comics get out of ...

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How Like An Angel – Norwich Cathedral, Norwich

Performed by: Circa and I Fagiolini Director: Yaron Lifschitz Musical Director: Robert Hollingworth Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5]   As audiences are handed torches and led into darkened cathedral at night, there’s a sense that this is going to be something special. As shadows spill across the stone a lone voice sings out, reverberating through the expansive interior, as further voices ...

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Norfolk And Norwich Festival; I, Malvolio – Playhouse, Norwich

Writer and Performer: Tim Crouch Director: Karl James and A Smith Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:4.5]   Irving and Olivier, Sinden and Sher, Nigel Hawthorne, Simon Russell Beale – so many memorable Malvolios. But none, I'm sure, got under the skin of the steward as successfully as Tim Crouch, in a wonderful one-man-show of his own devising. It's actually the fourth ...

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Norfolk And Norwich Festival: Operation Greenfield – The Garage, Norwich

Director: Alex Scott Reviewer: James Clark [rating: 2]   After critical acclaim across the country, Operation Greenfield comes to Norwich as part of the Norfolk and Norwich festival. The maniacal clash of sounds reminiscent of an A-level Performing Arts class, that’s not to say that the production is terrible, just not what was expected. It begins with four teenagers from ...

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