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Monday, November 4, 2019

National velvet: Cabaret taking a light-hearted look at Czech hero Vaclav Havel hits the UK by Francesca Peschier

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, a show about Vaclav Havel, the former Czech Republic president and playwright, will

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Light Falls review at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – ‘a play of pain and heartbreak’ by Francesca Peschier

In her dying moments, Christine (Rebecca Manley) is granted the power to see her children, Ashe (Katie West), Jess (Witney White) and

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Monday, September 23, 2019

A Taste of Honey review at the Lowry, Salford – ‘Jodie Prenger is extraordinary’ by Francesca Peschier

It has been more than 60 years since the premiere of then 19-year-old Shelagh Delaney’s debut play. Eight years after her death,

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

My Father the Tantric Masseur review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘a light-hearted gambol’ by Francesca Peschier

My Father the Tantric Masseur is ostensibly about Roann McCloskey’s eccentric family, but really it’s a look back on her own sexual

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Shower Scene review at Zoo Playground, Edinburgh – ‘darkly comedic physical theatre’ by Francesca Peschier

Both Chloe Mantripp’s show, and the apparatus on which she performs it, defy categorisation. The set looks like a medieval torture device,

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Die or Run review at Greenside Nicholson Street, Edinburgh – ‘a one-woman political disco’ by Francesca Peschier

Hannah Ringham is dancing on her own. Spinning around the expansive, empty stage in red kitten heels. Arms pumping, she yells as

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Quintessence review at Sweet Novotel, Edinburgh – ‘a formidable performance’ by Francesca Peschier

Emily Carding is one of the UK’s leading Shakespearian actors. She’s previously demonstrated her formidable talent and versatility in her one-woman versions

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Everything I See I Swallow review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘hypnotic and exquisitely choreographed’ by Francesca Peschier

Everything I See I Swallow features three sets of ropes. Two standard aerial cords and a hoop strung with the silk strands

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Out review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘stunning, expressive dance theatre’ by Francesca Peschier

The audience files in to the sight of two dancers lost in a dancehall haze. Dressed in black fishnets, sunglasses and tiny

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Cyst-er Act review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘spirited but muddled musical’ by Francesca Peschier

The ovarian cyst that Catherine Hoffmann had removed weighed more than 10lb and distorted her body and hormones in a manner similar

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Where to Belong review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘moving contemplation on what makes a place home’ by Francesca Peschier

Victor Esses is on Facetime, guiding his mother around her childhood home via his phone. He talks us through the Lebanon flat

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Too Pretty to Punch review at Zoo Southside, Edinburgh – ‘innovative mix of poetry and projection’ by Francesca Peschier

There is one proven way as a transgender individual to significantly lower your risk of hate crime, explains Edalia Day – be

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Blizzard review at Assembly Hall, Edinburgh – ‘unapologetically entertaining’ by Francesca Peschier

You’ll be hard pushed to find a circus gang with more technical gymnastic ability and joie de vivre than Flip Fabrique. Blizzard

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Kill the Princess review at Heroes at The SpiegelYurt, Edinburgh – ‘exuberant, with moments of brilliance’ by Francesca Peschier

Bait Theatre is going to Kill the Princess inside us all. Tired of society selling us false fairy tale endings, it’s decided

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Happy Hour review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘as pretentious and meaningless as it gets’ by Francesca Peschier

You’ve got to laugh otherwise you’ll cry. Or in Cristian Ceresoli’s imagined dystopia, be seized in the dead of night by guards

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Raven review at Assembly Roxy Central, Edinburgh – ‘exploration of motherhood that never goes beyond the superficial’ by Francesca Peschier

In German, a Rabenmutter – raven mother – is one that puts her career above her children. When your career is circus,

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Post Popular review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘full-throttle rollercoaster ride of extremes’ by Francesca Peschier

Lucy McCormick’s tackling of the New Testament in last year’s fringe smash Triple Threat is a hard act to follow. Where do

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Arthur review at your home, Edinburgh – ‘gentle, contemplative show about parenting’ by Francesca Peschier

Daniel Bye’s baby is an exemplary baby. As Come Look at the Baby, the 2016 fringe hit proved, watching an adorable tiny

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Since U Been Gone review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘nostalgic, vivid and raw’ by Francesca Peschier

When someone dies, one of the hardest things is the realisation that you will never see them again. There will be no

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Rouge at Underbelly Circus Hub, Edinburgh – ‘Serious skill but a little too clean’ by Francesca Peschier

Like all the best things in life, Rouge is at its best when the clothes come off. There are instances of total

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Yuck Circus review at Underbelly Circus Hub, Edinburgh – ‘joyful explosion of all-female acrobatics and clowning’ by Francesca Peschier

“We put this bit in for people who came expecting more, you know, circus,” announces one of the seven powerhouse-women of Yuck.

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Pink Lemonade review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘Mika Johnson’s got the juice’ by Francesca Peschier

Mika Johnson has been through a lot in navigating love and the gender binary. The issue was never with Johnson not knowing

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Hearty review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘a scream against trans erasure’ by Francesca Peschier

Emma Frankland creates a work full of beautiful, dark magic in Hearty, her one-woman celebration of the weird science behind her own

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Henry V review at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre – ‘Brexit-heavy reframing’ by Francesca Peschier

France becomes the EU and England becomes the worst of its lager swilling, hooligan stereotypes in Loveday Ingram’s interpretation of Henry V.

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The Borrowers review at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester – ‘magical retelling’ by Francesca Peschier

Grosvenor Open Air Theatre’s The Borrowers fully embraces the 21st century. It is truly a land of wonders with “two measures in

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Twelfth Night review at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester – ‘fluffy and frivolous’ by Francesca Peschier

Luckily for Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, the rain doth not raineth every day, but it did pour on this particular evening

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Go big or go home: Grand Shows at Friedrichstadt-Palast – the world’s largest stage by Francesca Peschier

The state-funded Friedrichstadt-Palast holds two huge productions every year with tickets at €20. The team behind its current production, Vivid, tell Francesca

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Hot Ice: Utopian review at Blackpool Pleasure Beach – ‘dazzling ice extravaganza’ by Francesca Peschier

This is the 80th year of Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s skating extravaganza Hot Ice and it knows exactly what it is doing. Utopian

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile review at Freedom Studios, Bradford – ‘poignant and resonant’ by Francesca Peschier

The playwright Andrea Dunbar – best known for Rita, Sue and Bob Too, the basis for the 1987 film – died in

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Little Shop of Horrors review at Storyhouse, Chester – ‘witty, affectionate and effervescent’ by Francesca Peschier

Stephen Mear’s production of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s horror-musical about a bad-ass, bloodthirsty plant paradoxically manages to find something new in

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Peaches Christ’s Drag Becomes Her review at Home, Manchester – ‘a horror show’ by Francesca Peschier

The 1990s horror-comedy movie­ Death Becomes Her is a cult masterpiece. Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep play bedazzled zombies fighting it out

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