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Clingfilm – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Clare Howdon Plunge Theatre Company certainly have an exceptional marketing team. It was difficult to walk around Edinburgh for five minutes, without noticing at least one of Clingfilm’s wonderful posters, eerily reminiscent of filmic comedic classic The First Wives Club. This combined with the 11pm time-slot generated intrigue and high expectations for what the company advertised as ‘an all ...

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The Tape Face Show – Pleasance Courtyard ,Edinburgh

Reviewer: Clare Howdon Following on from a successful storming of the USA, performer Sam Wills is returning to his Edinburgh Festival Fringe roots with a brand new and eagerly awaited show. Starting off at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010 and bagging the prestigious Foster’s comedy award nomination for Best Newcomer, The Boy with Tape on his Face has gone from ...

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Luke Kempner: House of Faces – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer and performer: Luke Kempner Reviewer: Stephen Bates Luke Kempner lifted himself above the masses of comedy impressionists with his hit show The Only Way is Downton, which made it into London’s West End. Since then, he has been out to prove that the only way is not downhill with similar shows and a venture into musical theatre, playing Marius ...

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Shit-Faced Shakespeare – Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Clare Howdon Magnificent Bastard Productions return to the Fringe yet again this year with another take on their sell-out, award-winning formula Shit-Faced Shakespeare, with this year’s victim being the Bard’s tragedy Hamlet. For those not au fait with Shit-Faced Shakespeare, the premise of each show is simple; a group of classically trained actors perform an abridged Shakespeare play with ...

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Mark Watson: The Infinite Show – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: Mark Watson Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Originally a work in progress show at the 2017 Fringe, Mark Watson’s main Fringe show this year is a delight from start to finish. The subject matter is empathy and Watson’s desire to understand, and empathise with, everyone he meets. The nervous energy that drives Watson’s delivery works perfectly for the subject matter, and ...

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Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer and Presenter: Gyles Brandreth Reviewer: Stephen Bates Until recently, when he and two other members of his family shared all the roles in a production of no less than Hamlet in London, few would have associated the name of Gyles Brandreth with the art form of theatre. The former doyen of Countdown’s Dictionary Corner and, for five years, Conservative ...

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Lucy Porter : Pass It On, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: Lucy Porter Reviewer: Tom Ralphs If you like your comedy safe, you’ll like Lucy Porter. If you like Lucy Porter, you’ll like Pass It On. It really is as simple as that. Porter has been a regular at the Fringe for longer than almost any other comedian appearing this year and her audience has grown up with her. This ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Lyceum, Sheffield

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Since winning the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2015, The Play That Goes Wrong has become an international juggernaut, overwhelming audiences on a global scale. Sheffield’s beautiful Lyceum Theatre hosts the latest outing of this phenomenon, affording a fitting traditional space for this venture. Even ...

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