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REVIEW: ‘Beaker’s Place’ by Only Lucky Dogs Theatre Company

4 Stars

(Performed in August 2018 – Review published in November 2018)

This was yet another peculiar but thoroughly enjoyable show from the 2018 Fringe; exquisitely dark, with genuine heart, and disturbing backbone. A good mix of qualities, all in all. 

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REVIEW: ‘Dolly’ by LipZinc Theatre

4 Stars

(Performed in August 2018 – Review published in November 2018)

An unusual but touching show, and the second-to-last (if I remember rightly) thing I saw at this year’s Fringe. I didn’t fully expect what I got going in, but I left with a smile on my face.

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REVIEW: ‘Gayface’ by Seeing Other People Productions

4 Stars

(Performed in August 2018 – Review published in November 2018)

A charming, slightly odd, but very honest show that hit straight on the head the ‘gayface’ phenomenon of straight actors portraying gay parts; not always a problematic thing in and of itself but one that often results in and demonstrates a lot of wider underlying problems. The show tackled that subject matter with grace, humour and pretty impressive acting. 

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REVIEW: ‘Inferno’ by Wrong Tree Theatre

4 Stars

(Performed in August 2018 – Review published in November 2018)

“Sinfully clever choreography and well worth getting up a little early for” – such was the assessment I made of this show at the time. A pretty accurate summation, I’d say. This was wonderful little exhibition piece detailing the various circles of hell, performed with enthusiasm and precision.

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REVIEW: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ by Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company

4 Stars

My last piece of Shakespeare for the 2018 Fringe, and I ended on a pretty damn good’n. This was a wonderful rendering of one of Shakespeare’s funniest works and one that maintained all the awkward charm that play is meant to have.

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REVIEW: ‘The Time Machine’ by Gone Rogue Productions

4 Stars

H.G. Wells’ classic novella has seen many an adaptation in the century or so since it was written, and each adaption has brought its own unique spin to re-imagining the story. Gone Rogue certainly brought their own flavour to it, while thankfully very much keeping the spirit of the original. It drew quite bit, I think, on the 2002 film adaptation for inspiration but still stood very much as its own entity and did enough to carve out its own place as an adaptation. 

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REVIEW: ‘The Quest: A Fantasy Musical’ by Questing Vole Productions

4 Stars

You had me at “fantasy musical”. I love fantasy fiction, I love musicals, it would be difficult for me not to like this show. It helps that this eager group of performers bring all their enthusiasm to bringing that premise to life in a fun-filled loving parody of classic fantasy clichés. It’s easy to tell that the creators of The Quest genuinely love fantasy and rip the genre’s most tired tropes to shreds with nothing but the most honest affection. 

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REVIEW: ‘Lucky’ by Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society

4 Stars

(written from the 10/08/18 showing):

I’m always a fan of original musicals at the Fringe because, more often that not, they’ll prove to be something quite special. Lucky certainly has the makings of something very special, even if it is still a work in progress with a development and growth to do. 

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