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It’ll Be Alt-Right on the Night – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: Matthew Greenhough Director: Jonny Kelly Reviewer: Deborah Klayman An important play about the subtleties of far-right radicalisation, Matthew Greenhough’s timely new play examines the experience of disenfranchised working-class men on opposite sides of the political divide. A solo show, underscored by a live trumpeter playing jazz renditions of punk songs, It’ll Be Alt-Right on the Night has a lot ...

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Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book: Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr.  Music: Fats Waller  Director: Tyrone Huntley  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There are not many first-time directors and first-time choreographers who could make their debuts in such roles at the Southwark Playhouse, one of the top tier of off-West End fringe venues. Name recognition surely plays a small part: the director is Tyrone Huntley, Olivier ...

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Pepperland – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Artistic Director: Mark Morris Music: Original songs by The Beatles, composition by Ethan Iverson Reviewer: Dominic Corr Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band ends just where Pepperland begins with that notoriously extended chord. To start – if your attendance this evening hopes for a juke-box style musical with dance, then best not hold your breath. Mark Morris Dance Group brings us ...

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Hot Sardines – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Co-Leaders: Elizabeth Bougerol, Evan Palazzo Reviewer: Ron Simpson How do you pack out halls with wildly enthusiastic audiences for what is basically the jazz and popular music of 80 or 90 years ago? First of all, it helps to have top-class musicians who also manage to share the enormous fun they are having. Then, if you take The Hot Sardines’ ...

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Kandace Springs – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham  The title of Kandace Springs’s new album may be Soul Eyes but the stage at The Lowry is definitely set for jazz.  It is a merciless stripped down format – Springs on very impressive grand piano is accompanied only by Jesse Bielenberg on double bass and Dillon Treacy on drums. The lack of guitar and horns means ...

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Richmond Jazz Festival – Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

Performers: Alexander Bone Trio Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Richmond Jazz Festival fills the Georgian Theatre Royal for three nights. A Grade 1 listed building that first opened to the public in 1788 might seem an odd setting for a jazz concert, but in fact, it provides a superbly intimate setting for small group jazz, with a surprisingly large capacity (214 ...

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Gregory Porter – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

gregory porter at glasgow royal concert hall

Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter tours the UK in advance of his latest album release, Take Me To The Alley, and this evening of smooth, silky song doesn't disappoint. Porter is supported by Kandace Springs, an energetic young American who eases the crowd in, rather than warming them up. She is confident between songs and exudes ...

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Opus 7 – Oxford Playhouse, Oxford

Opus7 from Cheptel Aleïkou

Writer: Cheptel Aleïkoum Director: Circa Tsuica Reviewer: Katy Roberts Making their debut tonight in Oxford, Circa Tsuica arrives at the Playhouse in a riot of rhythm and a cacophony of colour, right from the moment the lights go down. The creation of Cheptel Aleïkoum, a collective of French entertainers, Circa Tsuica is the perfect family showand a wonderful introduction to ...

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