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Nina: A Story About me and Nina Simone –  The Lowry, Salford

Concept: Josette Bushell-Mingo Director: Dritëro Kasapi Reviewer Matthew Forrest I’m still picking my jaw up off the floor following some blistering tunes from the Nina Simone song-book, courtesy of the uber-talented singing powerhouse Josette Bushell-Mingo. She absolutely nails versions of Sinnerman, I wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free and Revolution. However, it’s a long road before ...

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[Insert Slogan Here] – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Sam Ward Reviewer: Jo Beggs Following a scratch performance at the Royal Exchange last Summer, YESYESNONO bring [Insert Slogan Here] to the PUSH festival at HOME, which showcases local companies and performers. Comparing the show descriptions, though, suggests that writer and performer Sam Ward has made some significant changes to the piece for what he describes as “the first ...

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Glue  – Ovalhouse, London

Writer and Performer: Louise Wallwein Director: Susan Roberts Reviewer: Richard Maguire   There’s an empty seat in the audience. Its emptiness is accentuated by the single spotlight that illuminates it. Someone hasn’t turned up and poet Louise Wallwein isn’t sure if she can start her show. The next 70 minutes is a quest to find this missing person. Ostensibly, this ...

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Letters Live – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

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Reviewer: S.E. Webster Against a silhouette backdrop of Edinburgh’s iconic landmarks, Letters Live, the final instalment in the 70th anniversary programme of the Edinburgh International Festival, makes its Festival debut. A combination of surprise performances from famous stage and screen actors and written correspondence by often famous, eminent or simply downright funny people,  makes for a compelling evening of spoken ...

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Alexander Fox: Ringo – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

man in ringo starr's sergeant pepper jacket holding drumsticks

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It's the moments of pure storytelling that resonate most in Alexander Fox's debut solo hour of original comedy: Ringo. In 2006, a then teenaged Fox, met and began a pen-pal correspondence with the world's most famous drummer, The Beatles' Ringo Starr. What follows is an at times surreal, biographical tale, with appearances from the Cadbury's gorilla drumming to Phil ...

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Quarter Life Crisis – Underbelly Delhi Belly, Edinburgh

woman yoland mercy in a party hat

Writer: Yolanda Mercy Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The last few years have seen an upsurge in shows from Millennials pondering the meaning of life, and this year’s Fringe is positively awash with 20-somethings decrying their lack of a future and the problems of ‘adulting’. Yolanda Mercy, through her semi-autobiographical character Alicia in Quarter Life Crisis, brings, in her own words; “some ...

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The Break-Up Monologues  – The Blue Elephant Theatre, London

Devised by Rosie Wilby, featuring Sophia Blackwell, VG Lee, and Paula Varjack Reviewer: Richard Maguire  Neil Sedaka famously sang that ‘Breaking up is hard to do’, but in The Blue Elephant’s night of spoken word the performers suggest that breaking up with a lover can be liberating and transformative. Unfortunately, comedian Rosie Wilby, who curated the evening, was ill and unable to ...

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