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The Dark Carnival – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Conceived, written and directed by Matthew Lenton Music & Lyrics: Biff Smith Reviewer: Dominic Corr Below the soil, amidst the worms and the spiders you might just hear clinking glasses, it might just be The Dark Carnival. When we die – we die. Tragic I hear you say, but as Mrs Eugenia Mark herself proclaim; ‘it’s more fun than being ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest – Tara Theatre, London

Writer: Oscar Wilde Reviewer: Sophia Moss “Are you all following the show?” Kudzanayi Chiwawa asks at the beginning of Act Three. It’s a fair question. Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest, which features two men who have each made up a fake person as an excuse to regularly get away from their real lives and the increasingly ridiculous situations ...

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My Father The Tantric Masseur  – VAULT Festival, London

Writer: Roann McCloskey Director:  Lolo Brow and Joel Samuels Reviewer:  Richard Maguire It’s a provocative title, and writer/performer Roann McCloskey takes no prisoners, warning the audience from the start that her show will be explicit, and that people could leave if they wanted. Although My Father The Tantric Masseur occasionally tackles sensitive material, it’s mainly made up of consensual sexual anecdotes, ...

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The Life I Lead – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: James Kettle Director:  Didi Hopkins & Selina Cadell Review: Matt Forrest Mary Poppins seems to be in the public conscience an awful lot at the moment. This is of course due to the recent cinematic release of Mary Poppins Returns, which is keeping the magic alive. However writer James Kettle is also doing his bit for the ‘Poppins’ legacy, all ...

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Ed Gamble: Blizzard – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Ed Gamble’s star is certainly on the rise: he has his own podcast with fellow comic James Acaster, numerous television and panel show appearances and he occasionally hosted a show on Radio X. Gamble is one to watch on the comedy circuit and based on tonight’s show, you can certainly see why. He is a confident natural ...

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Terrible Tudors – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Benedict Martin Writer: Book by Terry Deary / Adapted by John-Paul Cherrington Reviewer: Helen Tope Disgusting, barbarous and just plain gross, Terrible Tudors is a production that gives us the best of the worst. Reveling in the period covering Henry VII to his grand-daughter, Elizabeth I, Terrible Tudors explores a time in history we think we know. Books, films, television programmes – the ...

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The Delightful Sausage: Regeneration Game – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Comedy is littered with numerous comedy duos from Laurel and Hardy, to Morecambe and Wise, French and Saunders to Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson, all with unique acts, but all with one key element in common: chemistry. The chemistry between each pair is what made them so beloved.  With this in mind then The Delightful Sausage have this ...

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Late Night with Cthulhu –The Old Red Lion, London

Creators: Raising Ashes Theatre Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones Late Night with Cthulhu takes place in the fictional shared universe of ubiquitously popular cosmic horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft’s Elder Gods (Cthulhu et al.) have long since awoken from their ancient slumber and have spent the last few hundred years comprehensively enslaving all of humanity. Cut to the city of Londinium, ...

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