It’s always lovely to encounter shows that manage to perfectly balance drama and comedy in such a way that the two compliment and further the effect of each other, rather than conflicting. Getting this right comes down, as so many things naturally do in the theatre, to the combination of writing and acting. If even one of the two is off, then the comedy and drama cannot coexist effectively. In the instance of Same Old Same Oldies, the comedy and drama smoothly orbit one other, each coming to the forefront and then retreating exactly when they should.
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(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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Entirely and utterly insane. I had zero idea what was going on in this show for almost the entire 50 minutes. Literally nothing about this show makes any logical sense to any reasonable person. And I loved every moment of it!
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This piece is, it has to be said, a little slow to start, but once it gets to the point, it does it pretty well.
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I love a good bit of period drama, it’s something of a guilty pleasure of mine, truth be told, and good period drama done on stage is something I have particular time for. WWII-era Britain, as it happens, is one of my favourite periods in which to see it set.
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My feelings for this show are that it has a lot of important things to say but doesn’t really know how to say them. Mental Health is a heavy subject and so you need to give it sufficient weight. For me, that weight wasn’t there.
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*Note: The following review was written over a month after the fact due to writer’s block and my being a disaster of a person.*
Brought to us by the ever-talented Degrees of Error, creators of Murder She Didn’t Write, The Writers’ Room provides a new and creative set-up for an improv show. It’s very much a ‘what it says on the tin’ kind of show; a group of screenwriters pick through crumpled suggestions in a wastepaper bin trying to find something with which they can create the next big blockbuster.
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Perhaps a bit of an audacious choice in name but Best Play Ever certainly does its best to live up to it.
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Sometimes, at Fringe, you wander into a show with little to no idea of what you’re about to see. This is one of my favourite ways to do Fringe; researching shows before hand is great, getting handed a flyer on the Mile is great too, but every now and then there is really something to be said for just strolling into the nearest venue and getting a ticket for whatever’s on next. This is how my friend and I spent our last couple of days at Fringe, as using our Space performer passes gave us the luxury of not needing to worry over wasting money and take gambles on shows we might otherwise take more time to consider.
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