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NEWS: The Pleasance celebrates 33 years on the Edinburgh Fringe with new venue

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By FRASER MACDONALD Many of the entertainment industries brightest talents have cut their teeth in Edinburgh in August at the Pleasance. This year an innovative new mobile venue joins the world’s largest arts festival. In celebration of 33 years at Venue 33, The Pleasance Theatre Trust has commissioned a brand new type of mobile venue. From an initial innovative concept created ...

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Two Kittens and a Kid – theSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh

Writer: Christopher Wilson Director: Ryan Kelly Reviewer: Stephen Bates Christopher Wilson tells us that he has always dreamed of releasing his inner diva, but the Canadian writer/performer does not follow up with a Whitney or aMadonna. Instead, we get a story about a mini diva, a10-year-old black girl, always referred to as "Kidlet", who lands on his doorstep and becomes ...

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Mr Incredible – Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

Writer: Camilla Whitehill Director: Sarah Meadows Reviewer: Stephen Bates They say that it takes two to tango. A relationship works when the parties have compatible visions of their life together and for the future, but Camilla Whitehill'snew one-hour play, directed by Sarah Meadows, examines what may happen when all the pieces that make up a relationship start to come apart. ...

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A Tale of Two Cities: Blood for Blood – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer and Director: JonathanHolloway Reviewer: Stephen Bates Plain wooden chairs fill the width of the stage in rows six deep. We await the arrival of an audience to face an audience, but the chairs remain vacant as if in a deserted church hall, leaving an eerie emptiness to be filled by justseven actors. Theywill bring to life Charles Dickens' vision ...

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Happy Dave – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

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Writer: Oli Forsyth Director: Sam Carrack Reviewer: Stephen Bates Dave is contemptuous of today's youngsters. He complains that earlier generations invented rock, punk and rave, but all we have now is the X-Factor Christmas single. Oli Forsyth's new play begins in the 1990s when Dave was DJ at massive rave parties in open fields, until the Home Secretary, Michael Howard, ...

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Agent of Influence – Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

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Writer: Sarah Sigal Director: Jessica Beck Reviewer: Stephen Bates There seems no end to stories of heroism in World War II, but, despite initial appearances to the contrary, this is not an addition to the list. Sarah Sigal's one hour monologue is an account given by Lady Pamela More, a socialite and fashion correspondent for The Times, of her recruitment ...

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All Aboard the Marriage Hearse – Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

Writer and Director: Matt Morillo Reviewer: Stephen Bates "Marriage is just porn for women" declares Sean to his long-time partner Amy as they return home together, half drunk, after a friend's wedding reception. He has caught the garter, she the bouquet and, as Elvis croons It's Now or Never in the background, Amy decides that now is the time to ...

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The Trial – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Franz Kafka Adaptor: Evelyn Roberts and Matt Holt Director: Craig Sanders Reviewer: Donna Kelly Considering Franz Kafka wrote The Trial more than half a century ago, its uncanny prediction, both in subject matter and form, is eerily disturbing. In today’s world of mass surveillance and Islamic State brutality, this timeless tale of ordinary terror is as relevant today as ...

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