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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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LGBTQ+ Roundup of Week 6 of The VAULT Festival

Even though it’s week six of the VAULT Festival, currently being held in the cavernous tunnels under Waterloo station, it seems as if London’s biggest fringe festival has never been busier. One of the most exciting features of the festival is the diversity of the shows, and in The Reviews Hub’s occasional roundup of queer slanted plays Richard Maguire talks ...

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A Wake in Progress – The VAULT Festival, London

Writer: Joel Samuels Director: Liz Bacon Reviewer: Mike Wells Death is a subject rarely associated with celebration, but A Wake in Progress challenges this idea with a mixture of good humour and audience participation. Tonight, we followed Daffodil’s story (her name decided by a member of the audience) played by Molly Small (also decided by the audience). The show begins with ...

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Greyscale  – The VAULT Festival, London

Writers: Joel Samuels and Madeline Gould   Reviewer:  Richard Maguire In 2018 a female photographer with the pseudonym of Grace accused the American comedian Aziz Ansari of sexual assault after their date. The couple went back to his flat in New York after dinner, and the two engaged in sexual activity. If you read her account of the evening it is ...

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INTERVIEW: Immersive Theatre and Sexual Politics at the VAULT Festival 2019

There are plenty of shows to see at this year’s VAULT Festival, happening right now in the arches down under Waterloo station, but for the more adventurous the festival also offers a whole host of immersive experiences. Greyscale lets audiences decide whether or not they have witnessed an assault, and the Reviews Hub’s Richard Maguire met one of its creators, ...

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Divas – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Writer: Joel Samuels Reviewer: David Doyle Fine Mess Theatre’s Divas is a production that’s never quite what you think it’s going to be. Far from the camp frivolity that the title suggests, this is a heartfelt and interesting look at a modern relationship. Adam and Damien meet in a club and fall in love, that much is certain, but what ...

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FIVE FAST FRINGE QUESTIONS WITH…Joel Samuels from Divas

In one sentence tell us about your show. A love story between a pathological liar and a narcissist, told forwards and backwards at the same time, accompanied by a live accapella trio singing new arrangements of classic songs from the 60s and 70s. What made you decide to bring a show this year? I started writing the show last year ...

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EDINBURGH FRINGE REVIEW: God’s Own Country

Kyle Ross, along with fellow co-Artistic Director of Fine Mess Theatre Joel Samuels, will alternate performing in a one man adaptation of God’s Own Country, the multi-award winning 2008 novel by Ross Raisin. We caught up with the guys for a five minute Fringe chat. Is this your first visit to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, if so what interesting tales ...

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