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Savage – Above The Arts, London

Writer and Director: Claudio Macor Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Homosexuals were among many of the groups targeted for extermination by the Nazis during World War II, that much is known. Lesser known is the involvement of Danish doctor Carl Værnet who, under the watch of Heinrich Himmler, conducted a series of hormone experiments on gay prisoners in an attempt to find ...

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Bryan Batt: Bryan’s Song – The Crazy Coqs, London

Writer: Bryan Batt Director: Tom Cianfichi Reviewer: Scott Matthewman   Broadway performer Bryan Batt is probably better known to a wider audience as Salvatore in Mad Men, or his role in the recent MTV TV series version of horror franchise Scream. But Crazy Coqs audiences are among those who know him for his cabaret performances, and in his fourth visit ...

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BRIGHTON ROCKS: Our Brighton Fringe Picks – 4 – 5 June

So we're at the end of Brighton Fringe 2016 and what an exciting and exhausting time it's been! With just two more days left, here's our tips for five of the best still to see.   Something Rotten Hamlet’s Uncle Claudius: incestuous, fratricidal regicide or rightful ruler unafraid of tough decisions? Robert Cohen takes you backstage at Elsinore, reassessing Shakespeare ...

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MANC MINI: Grand Dame Theatre – The Lionheart Phantom

Our Manc Mini series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at the North West’s largest arts festival. Tess Humphrey of Grand Dame Theatre, tells us about their showThe Lionheart Phantom, which they will be performing at The Castle Hotel.   How would you describe your show in one sentence? A family farce about a down-on-its-look gay ...

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Avenue Q – Exeter Northcott

Sarah Harlington (Kate) and Richard Lowe (Princeton) in Avenue Q 2016 UK Tour

Book: Jeff Whitty Music/Lyrics:Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director: Cressida Carré Reviewer:Charlotte Robson What do you do with a BA in English? If you're the Sell a Door Theatre Company, sing about it! And about love, purpose, repression, dreams, discrimination and the intimate doings of puppets. Avenue Q is, above and before all else, hilarious. Living on the eponymous cramped ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE:5 Guys Chillin’ – The Warren

  Writer/ Director: Peter Darney Reviewer: Daniel Perks Social media has transformed the relationship game once again – from blind dates to dating websites, it is now apps such as Tinder or Happn that market themselves as the latest tools to help the busy singleton find love. None has altered a single cultural scene so much as Grindr, the world’s ...

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Russell Kane: Right Man, Wrong Age Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Comedian Russell Kane

Reviewer: Lauren Maughan Russell Kane’s latest stand-up show is classic Kane. It’s funny, hyperactive and jam-packed with funny stories and laugh-out-loud gags. But this time, he’s grown-up. Long gone are the Ibiza partying days with the “lads”. Kane is a mature adult. He’s married and has just entered fatherhood. Right Age, Wrong Man takes us through Kane’s early years up ...

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Blast from the Past, The Civic, Barnsley

Directors: Sarah Boulter and Adele Wragg Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Sticking a big fat ray of sunshine into the world of contemporary dance Spiltmilk Dance’s latest offering Blast from the Past is less dance, more fun-fuelled entertainment. An attempt to race through and recreate seven decades of pop culture in 100 minutes, they establish their own genre with subcategories of dance, ...

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