Sometimes you stumble into shows at the EdFringe; shows you know almost nothing other than it happened to be on next and the description was interesting. And occasionally those shows turn out to be real gems. Number, Please, I’m happy to say, was one of those shows. A female lead, 1950s, spy comedy, it manages to get the most potential out of each of those elements.
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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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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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I was unfamiliar with these pieces of drama by James Saunders, though my friend was very much so and thus dragged me along to this particular production with much eagerness
I am grateful to him for it.
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There is no ‘right’ way to do improv. Improv, as I have often seen, can be applied and executed in a myriad of ways.
If it exists, you can do an improv version of it. No exceptions. Anyone who tells you there is a right way to do improv is self-righteous and probably lying to you.
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Magical. That really is the only way to describe this production. Magical. Whatever age you might be, this play plunges you into a beautiful, captivating world of paper, shadows, music, and light. Oh, and also it does it with puppets.
Because, everybody loves puppets!
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This was a show I opted to see on a whim. I’d been leafing through flyers that morning, and noticed this show was finishing the same day. Given that all the other flyers I had were for shows that with longer runs, I thought ‘why not?’ and hurried off to get my ticket. (The fact that I thought the girl on the flyer was cute has nothing to do with it despite what some people might try to insinuate).
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You had me at “sinister American cult leader” and “dating show”. Everything about this show set itself up to be unique, enjoyable, and chuckle-worthy piece of theatre. And it is. The platform is familiar; office-based comedy where the humour comes from conflicting personalities of the beleaguered employees. That’s only the platform, from there the production takes the already ridiculous world of reality TV and pushes it to it’s logical extreme with cast of lovable and hateable characters either rolling with the madness or being comically bewildered by the whole thing.
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Of the nine shows I’ve seen at this Fringe (at the time of writing), one third have had ‘Shakespeare’ in the title. What can I say, I’m a English Lit graduate with a fondness for theatre, it’d be weird if I didn’t like Shakespeare. This time, however, was slightly different. Instead of another show featuring interpretations of Shakespeare’s work, here we have a show that explores a slightly liberal interpretation of the bard’s own personal life and loves. An ambitious project, and one easy to get wrong, but, for the most part, I think this show gets it right.
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