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Ennio Marchetto: The Living Paper Cartoon – The Pleasance

Writer: Creator and Director: Ennio Marchetto Reviewer: John Roberts It’s ten years ago since Italian Ennio Marchetto brought his paper-crafting comedy routine to the fringe, however that hasn’t stopped him from pulling in a crowd who enjoys his every move wiggle and reveal. The Living Paper Cartoon is a hybrid between fast change illusions and lip-sync cabaret. Marchetto mimes along ...

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Brazouka – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Writer: Pamela Stephenson-Connolly Director: Arlene Phillips Producer: Harley Medcalf Reviewer: Marina Spark Brazoukais the new Brazilian dance craze hitting Edinburgh's stage at the Festival Fringe. Pamela Stephenson-Connolly has made it her mission over the past few years to introduce the emerging and already very popular styles of lambazouk, samba de gaffiera, sambe nu fe and forro to the mainstream market. ...

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Phil Mann: Not Funny Haha – The Free Sisters, Edinburgh

Writer: Phil Mann Reviewer: Joanna Trainor "Oh Daaaaarlin..." Phil Mann's hour of almost narrative driven comedy, is insane. Swiped with a foam finger through a Tinder screen and fist bumped before the show even starts, it would have been impossible to guess where Mann's show was taking us. Sent down to Earth in a tin foil spaceship, Mann is given ...

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The Alchemist – Just the Tonic at The Caves, Edinburgh

Writer: Ben Jonson Director: Barney Iley Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Ben Jonson's raucous story of folly and greed is brilliantly realized in this damp, dark cave just off Cowgate, the stone walls and vaulted roof an ideal venue for Jacobean comedy. The play is bursting with characters, that are either being duped or doing the duping (with some in both camps). ...

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And This Is My Friend Mr Laurel… – The Pleasance Attic, Edinburgh

Writer: Gail Louw &Jeffrey Holland Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Originally performed in London last year and receiving a small UK Tour, Jeffrey Holland and Gail Louw’s one man play is a touching and insightful production which lays bare the man (Stan Laurel) underneath the hat and the driving force behind one of the movie world’s biggest on screen double acts. Stan ...

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The Return of Savonarola – theSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh

Writer: Trevor T. Smith Reviewer: Jon Wainwright A drunk actor staggers onstage, barely able to stand or speak. It's part of the performance, we hope, although for one disconcerting moment Trevor T. Smith is a little too convincing. Then, as he is possessed by the spirit of Savonarola (which would make anyone sober up), he stands bolt upright, and is ...

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Potted Sherlock – The Pleasance One, Edinburgh

Writer: Dan Clarkson &Tom Clarkson Reviewer: John Roberts Dan (Clarkson) and Jeff (Turner) have become a cult hit at the fringe after their Potted Potter, Potted Panto and Potted Pirates shows, now the pair jump on the new found/hip trend of Sherlock Holmes with... Yes, you guessed it Potted Sherlock - a 70 minute, manic, slapstick fueled romp through all ...

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Silk Road: Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Writer: Alex Oates Director: Dominic Shaw Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Drugs and the internet, both big businesses today, put the two together, dynamic. Young Bruce Blackmore (James Baxter) lives with his ageing Nan. At a party, he is introduced to drugs and bowled over by a girl, two things that change his life. Being a small time DJ at the local ...

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