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CD REVIEW: Love Birds – Original Edinburgh Cast Recording

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys A rare and unusual thing - an original Edinburgh cast recording. Following in his family's illustrious songwriting footsteps (father and uncle The Sherman Brothers, were composers of the music for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and grandfather Al - a Tin Pan Alley alumni,Love Birds is Robert J. Sherman's new musical premiering ...

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Love Birds – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Book, Music &Lyrics: Robert J. Sherman Director: Stewart Nicholls Choreographer: Stewart Nicholls Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys This pin-sharp, production perfectly demonstrates that the apple hasn't fallen far from the songwriting talent tree in the Sherman family. Writer, composer and lyricist Robert J. Sherman, grandson of Tin Pan Alley alumni Al Sherman, son of Robert B. and nephew of Richard M. - ...

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Fully Committed – Udderbelly Topside, Edinburgh

Writer: Becky Mode Director: Mark Setlock Reviewer: John Roberts Sam is a resting actor, currently working in a high-end restaurant in New York as a reservations clerk. In between battling co-workers, celebrity PA's and family commitments, it's a surprise Sam has any time to try and land that all-important acting gig. Marcus Brigstocke brings a phenomenally energetic performance in this ...

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The Wedding Reception – B’est, Edinburgh

Creator/Director: Alison Pollard-Mansergh Reviewer: John Roberts As if things in the main room of B'est restaurant on Drummond Street wasn't manic enough, it now appears that a last minute wedding party is happening in the back room too.. And if you thought the chaos caused by Basil and Manuel were madcap, wait till you meet Kate and William and their ...

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The Man Called Monkhouse – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Writer: Alex Lowe Director: Bob Golding Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys A comedian equally revered and reviled, Bob Monkhouse is a difficult subject to tackle: the unique cadence to the voice, the perma-tan, the very individual delivery. Alex Lowe's play The Man Called Monkhouseattempts to address some of the misunderstandings and un-truths that dogged the much-maligned man throughout his life. The show ...

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Craig Hill: Playing With My Selfie! – Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Mark O’Neill Appearing on stage with perhaps the campest entrance ever, Craig Hill pirouettes through an extremely receptive audience at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre to roars of laughter and the sound of applause.The level of confidence which Hill displays throughout his performance is quite remarkable. Having the ability to bounce into a packed theatre wearing a kilt and ...

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Mrs Shakespeare – Paradise in The Vault, Edinburgh

Writer: Ian Wild Director: Ian Wild Reviewer: Jon Wainwright It's a daft premise that shouldn't work, and wouldn't were it not for Irene Kelleher's charisma and conviction in performing Ian Wild's tragicomic script, which supplies the deliciously delusional logic. Obviously, William Shakespeare is bound to prefer reincarnation as a beautiful young woman with long golden hair rather than as a ...

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If I Were Me – Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

Director: Jasmine Woodcock-Stewart Reviewer: David Doyle If I Were Me is the latest offering from Antler Theatre who are no stranger to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This latest piece centres on marketing man, Phillip, who is so totally unremarkable that nobody else in the office really notices him. What follows is a surreal look at Phillip’s life, as he moves ...

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