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Friday, August 16, 2019

Smoke review at Zoo, Edinburgh – ‘thrillingly acted S&M drama’ by Paul Vale

With Smoke, US playwright Kim Davies has created a fascinating and vaguely uncomfortable exploration of sado-masochism. John is an intern to an

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Fudge review at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh – ‘look at celibacy lacks dramatic insight’ by Paul Vale

Charlie is trying to change his ways. He is fed up of his endless string of meaningless sexual encounters and has instead

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Heroin(e) for Breakfast review at the Pleasance, Edinburgh – ‘surely outshines Trainspotting’ by Paul Vale

It’s been 10 years since Philip Stokes’ award-winning Heroin(e) For Breakfast first appeared at the Fringe. A powerful, flamboyant drama on the

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A Wake in Progress review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘interactive funeral play’ by Paul Vale

Fine Mess Theatre offers a new take on death. With A Wake in Progress, it presents an interactive piece of theatre that

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Ripped review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘devastating drama exposing toxic masculinity’ by Paul Vale

Jamie is desperate to prove that he’s a real man. Real men can do 40 press-ups in a row and drink beer

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Scream Phone review at the Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh – ‘smartly observed spoof musical comedy’ by Paul Vale

For those not in the loop, the Dream Phone was a board game in which girls got to chat to the guy

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An Evening Without Kate Bush review at Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘joyous celebration of fandom’ by Paul Vale

There’s a lot of fan-love out there for Kate Bush. The eclectic singer-songwriter who emerged in the 1970s with her debut single

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Pathetic Fallacy review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘ecologically sound but fragmented’ by Paul Vale

This new piece from award-winning Canadian company the Chop takes audience participation to new heights. For ecological reasons, Anita is reducing her

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Einstein review at the Pleasance, Edinburgh – ‘uneventful and meandering’ by Paul Vale

Former The Stage Edinburgh Award winner and Fringe stalwart Pip Utton is no stranger to creating shows based on complex and often

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Fishbowl review at Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh – ‘acutely observed physical theatre’ by Paul Vale

Pierre Guillois is on to a winner with his new play Fishbowl. Not only did it win France’s Molière Award for best

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Late Lunch With Biggins review at Pleasance, Edinburgh – ‘star shines as chat-show host’ by Paul Vale

Christopher Biggins has enjoyed a varied career in entertainment from the high drama of I, Claudius and the original Poldark series to

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Musik review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘frenzied comedy with hit-and-miss musical asides’ by Paul Vale

The character Billie Trix first appeared in the 2001 musical Closer to Heaven written by Jonathan Harvey with a score by Pet

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Bystanders review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘stirring piece of theatre’ by Paul Vale

Every year, St Martin in the Fields holds a memorial service to commemorate the deaths of homeless people in London in the

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

First Time review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘moving and educational’ by Paul Vale

The first summer after you leave school is supposed to be the best summer of your life. So it was for Nathaniel,

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When I Fall, If I Fall review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘tightly crafted’ by Paul Vale

There are three indistinct figures projected on to a wall and as Offenbach’s Orpheus pipes up, they begin to can-can. As the

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Psycho Drama Queen review at Zoo, Edinburgh – ‘good ideas and scenarios’ by Paul Vale

Nobody is listening to Lucy. Her job is stressful and the plumbing in the flat is up the spout. She is trying

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Yukon Ho! (Tall Tales from the Great White North) review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘autobiographical dance cabaret’ by Paul Vale

A lone, heavily coated figures staggers on to a vast empty stage and the sound of howling winds whistle about the room.

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Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘a charmless stage adaptation’ by Paul Vale

The 1999 movie Cruel Intentions transported the intrigues of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ novel Les Liaisons dangereuses to present day Manhattan. It

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Ginger Johnson’s Happy Place review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘entertaining and uplifting cabaret’ by Paul Vale

In a dressing room at the Edinburgh Fringe, a cabaret star Ginger Johnson collapses under the stress of alt-right politics, global warming

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Jekyll and Hyde review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘irrepressibly good-natured romp’ by Paul Vale

It’s unlikely you are going to be greeted with more enthusiasm than you are by the cast of Jekyll and Hyde. Adopting

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Son of Dyke review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘Quick witted and fast paced’ by Paul Vale

Jordan Waller is possibly best known for his role as Lord Arthur Paget in ITV’s Victoria. In this self-penned, autographical piece Waller

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Sex Education review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘a sex-positive confessional’ by Paul Vale

When Harry Clayton-Wright came out to his parents at 14, his mother accepted this revelation but was unable to talk to him

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#HonestAmy review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘candid solo show about cancer battle’ by Paul Vale

Amy Booth-Steel has been through the mill. A successful jobbing actor and a popular member of the theatre community, the trajectory of

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The Red review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘Marcus Brigstocke’s bittersweet tale of alcohol addiction’ by Paul Vale

Marcus Brigstocke has made regular appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe since winning the BBC New Comedy Award in 1996, either doing stand-up

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Stage/Emil Dale Academy Scholarships winners 2019 by Paul Vale

The Emil Dale Academy has announced the five winners of The Stage Scholarships 2019. For the two-year BTec sixth-form course in musical

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Sherlock Holmes and the Invisible Thing review at Rudolf Steiner Theatre, London – ‘old fashioned and lacking in energy’ by Paul Vale

The Rudolf Steiner Theatre, situated just off Baker Street, is an appropriate home for a small-scale Sherlock Holmes drama. Take Note Theatre’s

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Bridges of Madison County review at Menier Chocolate Factory, London – ‘intimate and affecting’ by Paul Vale

Jason Robert Brown is perhaps best known for his musicals Parade and The Last Five Years. Neither of them was a massive

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Closer to Heaven review at Above the Stag, London – ‘lively revival of the Pet Shop Boys musical’ by Paul Vale

In 2001, when Closer to Heaven was originally produced, its creators Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, aka the Pet Shop Boys, were

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Private Lives review at the Mill at Sonning – ‘a stylish but safe production’ by Paul Vale

Of all Noel Coward’s plays, Private Lives is the one that epitomises his distinctive theatrical language. The wit is as dry as

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Stage/Sylvia Young Theatre School Scholarships winner 2019 by Paul Vale

This year’s winner of The Stage Scholarship at Sylvia Young Theatre School is 12-year-old Gretchen Withecomb, from Lewisham in London. The award

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Stage/Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts Scholarships winner 2019 by Paul Vale

This year The Stage Scholarship at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts has been awarded to 13-year-old Maddie Monti. The talented performer

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