There’s a lot to be said for silliness. Pure unashamed silliness is one of the finest forms of comedy, especially in the theatre. Like with every other kind of comedy, or style of entertainment in general, getting it right can always be a gamble. Achieving a form of silliness that works takes precision of timing, language, and physicality. Taking all this into account, Angels in Erotica has the art of silliness down to a tee.
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Performed at the same time, in the same venue, in the room right next door; this show was always in direct competition to our own while we were on. It’s just as well we didn’t know how good it was at the time. That might have been a little bit disheartening.
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I had to run to make this show. And even then I missed the first minute or so due to a slow-moving queue. I was ushered into the theatre in the middle of what I could tell was a gorgeous opening number, and I was sold from there. I’d been a little worried that maybe this new musical wouldn’t live up to the legacy of its predecessor, Scarlett Lane, but I had nothing to worry about.
Every single aspect of this show is given ONE. HUNDRED. PERCENT.
Continue reading “REVIEW: ‘Cashmere’ by October Boy Productions.”
Sometimes, shows have a promising premise or story but are, for whatever reason, unable to execute it satisfactorily. Wishing on a Stopgap is, I fear, one of these shows.
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I don’t normally see ‘famous’ people’s shows at Fringe. I generally prefer to steer clear of big names and focus on amateur or start-up performers and companies as being more inline with what I feel the Edinburgh Fringe is about.
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Everyone enjoys a good bit of chaos in a comedy show, chaos is naturally humorous. It happens a lot in improv shows where said chaos comes from the actors’ ability to spontaneously create ridiculous scenarios, and then having to keep with one another’s adlibs and new ideas.
It takes a different kind of skill entirely to script the kind of mania and hijinks that are created on the spot in improv. Neither is truly superior than the other, but both require very disperate type of talent to pull off. Cream Tea and Incest falls into the scripted chaos category and, with a title like that, has a lot of expectation to live up to.
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I’ve always intentionally avoided anything by Cambridge theatre groups. I may be myself a bit of a snob but I conversely have always had an inverted snobbery towards the more elite institutions such as Oxford or Cambridge. Being painfully Lower-Middle Class as I am at least allows me to look down in both directions.
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Antonym Theatre were one of my favourite companies the first year I came to Fringe, and I remain forever gutted that I had to miss them last year because of scheduling conflicts. This year, however, fortune once again smiled on me, and allowed me to see another show by this creative and talented company.
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Yet another Shakespearean outing, and another creative interpretation of a classic work by the bard. I do love a good reimagining of a Shakespeare play, as long as it stays true to this source material. Luckily this production manages to both respect and honour the original play, whilst having an immense amount of fun with it.
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My initial vocalisation of my thoughts on this performance immediately afterward was “Bizarre but Brilliant”. I’ve had a few days since then to mull things over but I think it remains the most concise and accurate way I can describe this show.
(SPOILERS MAY BE FOUND AHEAD)
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