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REVIEW: ‘RENT’ by Captivate Theatre

5 Stars

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

There’s a reason I left this review until last. This was one of the most special experiences of my 2018 Edinburgh Fringe. The word I’d use is the same one my friend, Nancy did; “cathartic”. Probably nothing can better encapsulate it for you than the mental image of Tom, Nancy, and Myself, all sat in the front row, holding hands and teary-eyed as we watched Roger sing ‘Your Eyes’ to Mimi. 

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REVIEW: ‘Cream Tea and Incest’ by Benjamin Alborough

5 Stars

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

Another show I’ve seen and reviewed before. This year I think I saw it about three times. It became something of a meme amongst my cast this year, it was one of the first shows we saw at this festival, and we were still quoting it to each other up until the coach journey home at the end of the month.

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REVIEW: ‘Kids Play’ by Boys of the Empire Productions

5 Stars

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

My very last show from Fringe 2018. I tried numerous times to see it for free using my SpacePass but to no avail. There were never tickets left. On the last they of the run, I decided to bite the bullet and pay in advance, ending up second in the queue behind an elderly Scottish man who seemed very angry about a lot of things I didn’t quiet understand. Having seen Boys of the Empire’s show Lord Dismiss Us last year (also written by Glenn Chandler) I had quite high hopes for Kids Play. The rest of my cast had hyped it up to me, and I went in expecting to see a great play. And a great play I did indeed see.

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REVIEW: ‘Glasgow 14’ by Nags Head Productions

5 Stars

I wasn’t prepared for the level of emotion this production was going to make me feel. I came out of the theatre a little bit drained, I won’t lie, from just how powerful this piece is. One man bringing to life four very different characters, all dealing with the effects of the same tragic event, as well as the difficulties of their own everyday-lives.

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REVIEW: ‘Tipping the Velvet’ by Italia Conti Ensemble 2018

5 Stars

Definitely one of the most immersive productions I’ve witnessed this year, Tipping the Velvet goes a long way to demonstrating exactly why the Italia Conti Academy has the reputation it has wrought for itself over the years.

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REVIEW: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Curious Pheasant Theatre

5 Stars

This production was wonderful, simply wonderful. Such a beautiful rendering of the classic play. The same-sex aspect is an important part of what makes this production so powerful but at the same time is fairly incidental to how and why it achieves what it does. I love Shakespeare. I love modern-dress Shakespeare with the original text. Romeo and Juliet is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays (embarrassed as I occasionally am to admit that). This is perhaps, I’ll need to think but perhaps, my favourite version of Romeo and Juliet I’ve watched.

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