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Forth on the Fringe – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Mark O’Neill In an attempt to demonstrate that variety is very much alive, Radio Forth Ltd – for the eighth year running – have created a series of showcase events featuring a selection of comedy, music and cabaret direct from this year’s Fringe. Hosted by the familiar voices of Forth One’s Breakfast Show, Boogie and Arlene act as the ...

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Bette Midler and Me – The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

Writer:Chris Burgess Director: Paul Foster Reviewer: R. G. Balgray Superdiva Bette Midler took one of the more unusual, exotic even, pathways to fame. In Bette Midler and Me, Sue Kelvin tracks this journey and pays her own personal homage to the Divine Miss M, as well as serving up a pacy, raucous reminder of the songs and wisecracks along the ...

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Opera Boys – The Civic, Rotherham

Arranged by Contempo Productions Ltd Reviewer: Janet Jepson The clue is in the name; the Opera Boys do opera – but as we soon find out, not always as we know it. From the moment these guys walk onto the stage and open their mouths, it is obvious that this will be a special evening, and their talent and training ...

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Military WAGS Choir: Strawberries and Song – Town Hall, Richmond

Musical Director: Carol Gedye Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes It is five years since the Military WAGS Choir was formed in Catterick Garrison, just as 19 Brigade was about to embark on a six month tour to Afghanistan at the height of the war. Due to the transient nature of the forces, very few original members remain who have been involved from ...

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LATITUDE 2015: Dracula

Writer: Bram Stoker Artist(s): Action To The Word adaptation: By Company Venue: Theatre Tent Director: Alexandra Spencer-Jones Reviewer: Kris Hallett Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a novel that provides endless inspiration for artists to reinvent. From Christopher Lee’s iconic vampire for Hammer to Ford Francis Coppolla’s version, which recasts the Count as the tragic protagonist, people keep coming back to this ...

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LATITUDE 2015: Cove Hithe

Artist(s): Cove Hithe Venue: Alcove Stage Reviewer: Glen Pearce Latitude has always done well in uncovering and supporting local Suffolk bands destined for the big time. Framingham-based Ed Sheeran played the festival in his early career and nowCove Hithe, from just up the road from Henham Park play the festival. It’s an accomplished set, in front of a capacity crowd ...

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LATITUDE 2015: Elle And The Pocket Belles

Artist(s): Elle And The Pocket Belles Venue: The Waterfront Stage Reviewer: Glen Pearce Latitude has never shyed away from musical variety. Alongside the expected festival music line up, Festival Republic’s programmers have always thrown in more unexpected, but equally welcome, musical acts. With the sound of Garage Pop in the background, a Vintage Swing quintet may seem an unlikely crowd ...

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