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Late Night Lip Service – Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, Edinburgh

Hosted by Gingzilla Reviewer: Dominic Corr Well, my, my, my Miss Gingzilla, had the adoration not been clear before, this evening's ravenous crowd make it obvious to see our host for Late Night Lip Service is a Goddess of the Fringe. Serving up filth Thursday – Saturday, Late Night Lip Service is where to go if you want what the ...

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Death Suits You – Theatro Technis, London

Music: Robert Tripolino Book and Lyrics: Sam Hooper Director: Gabrielle Scawthorn Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The personification of Death is usually seen as a somewhat passive figure, merely waiting until someone is about to shuffle off this mortal coil and then swiftly despatching them. The closest he comes to action is a chess game on a black and white beach. This ...

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It’s Miss Hope Springs, Assembly George Street, Edinburgh

Writer: Ty Jeffries Reviewer: Tom Ralphs It’s Miss Hope Springs is a classic take on cabaret as the lady in question  tells stories about her life in LA, Vegas and Paris interspersed with songs from an elaborate and lengthy repertoire, combining innuendo and misfortune with humour to create a tragi-comic tail that is possibly only a few steps removed from ...

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Yummy – Underbelly Festival, London

Director: James Welsby Reviewer: Richard Maguire In the old days, drag was challenging and subversive often coming with a political or a gender political agenda. Now as it increasingly occupies mainstream territory, drag has been tamed and its power to undermine societal expectations has been made safe. Yummy, the new drag show opening at the Southbank’s Underbelly Festival, is as ...

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Randy Roberts – Crazy Coqs, London

Performer: Randy Roberts  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Randy Roberts is a drag cabaret performer of the old school variety. That’s no slight – his act as slick and entertaining as they come. But one does find oneself looking for a little extra. Roberts starts his sets with a couple of impressions, first of Bette Midler and then Cher. The first relies ...

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Laura-Doe’s Vaudeville of the Vulva – Bread and Roses, London

Writer: Laura-Doe, Anando Bharti and Robert Grayson Director:  Penelope Chater Reviewer:  Richard Maguire There are quite a few vulvas – or should that be vulvae as Laura-Doe insists? – in London at the moment. Last month we had the lyrical Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself at the Ovalhouse Theatre, and opening later this month at ...

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Overtures at Bishopsgate Institute – Bishopsgate Institute, London

Conductor: Freddie Tapner Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Earlier this year, Overtures Piano Bar opened regularly following a 2018 pop-up version, named after the famed New York bar Marie’s Crisis, was so successful. The format is simple: a pianist with a large musical theatre repertoire plays show tunes and the audience sings along. Since opening, the Marble Arch venue has gained popularity ...

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