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Brighton Fringe Festival: All Fingers and Thumbs, Upstairs @ The Lectern, Brighton

Writer and Director: David Weedall Reviewer: Jenni Dixon [Rating: 4]   Second Impression Theatre Company was founded in 1992 and use The Fringe Festival to premier their work which they take to London and elsewhere in the UK. They are a mixture of experienced and aspiring amateur performing artists. Arielle is a slightly oddball daughter of a millionaire business man ...

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Norfolk And Norwich Festival: The Oh F**k Moment – Epic Studios, Norwich

Writers: Hannah Jane Walker/Chris Thorpe Reviewer: Jennifer Acton [rating:4] ‘Don’t worry, I’m not acting. Everything is okay,’ a suited Chris Thorpe reassures the assembled audience as he leads the way into the performance space. Then, after being seated at the most chaotic boardroom table known to man (complete with scrawled office documents and towers of post-its) and armed with a ...

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Alfie Moore: I Predicted a Riot – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:1] Last year, ITV launched a new reality show, Show Me the Funny, making stand-up comedians battle X Factor style for a substantial cash prize and a much-coveted DVD release. There was always a clear winner in Patrick Monahan, who had been successfully working the circuit for years. However, some comedians made such an impression that they ...

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Simon Amstell, Numb – Harrogate Theatre

Reviewer: Rosie Revell [Rating:3] Simon Amstell is shy and funny. He must be, he repeatedly tells us he is. Taking to the Harrogate stage in what can only be described as stand-up self-help, Amstell is searching for a way to overcome his shyness and thus his social isolation. His television persona on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Grandma’s House has ...

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Birds of a Feather – The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writers: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran, Gary Lawson and John Phelps Director: Simon James Green Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:4] A number of popular sit-coms have been adapted for the stage over the past few years. In some cases they are essentially nothing more than repeats of TV episodes - Fawlty Towers and ‘Allo ‘Allo for example. In other cases they are ...

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Paul Merton: Out Of My Head – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Geoff Lovelock [rating:2]   Judging by the poster in which a velvet-clad Merton stands in the sea, his head encased in a bird-cage with a tiny horse atop it, you’d think we were in for night of delightful surrealism. We’re not. We’re really not. I’ve seen Merton many times over the years and he’s always been a delight. But ...

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Hormonal Housewives – Richmond Theatre, London

Writers: Julie Coombe and John McIsaac Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:1.5]   Despite being billed as “a night of fun and frolics with the girls”, Hormonal Housewives offers little to their largely female audience other than well-worn material about the trials and tribulations of womanhood. A three-hander that explores this through direct address, dance routines and sketches, it offers nothing new ...

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Amateur Transplants: Adam Kay’s Smutty Songs – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Adam Kay Reviewer: Laura Maley [rating:4] Amateur Transplants frontman Adam Kay sits at a grand piano and sings smutty parody songs. It really is as simple, and funny as that. He sometimes comes to the front of the stage for a bit of chat, but other than that, the audience in The Lowry’s Quays theatre laughs its way through ...

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