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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: ‘The Shambles’ by Dead Duck Productions

3.5 Stars

Improv is always great when all the performers are clearly having just as much fun as the audience, and when the hole group truly treat what their doing as a game and not an obligation.

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REVIEW: ‘The Last Sesh’ by Ball Pit Theatre

4.5 Stars

I went into this performance with my expectations up. Having seen this group perform Tom Basden’s Party last year, and absolutely smash it, I had high hopes for what they would bring this year. I was, I admit, just a little trepidatious. This was the first time I’d seen this group perform original writing, so I was nervous as how it might compare. 

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REVIEW: ‘Anything You Want’ by Warwick Improv

4 Stars

I do think Improv shows are at their best when they have a specific gimmick or quirk that makes them unique amongst Improv shows. 

Anything You Want has that. An existing improv technique yes but the first time I’ve seen it done, and the only one, so far as I know, at the Fringe this year. The interconnecting circle of characters and narratives that stem from a single-word suggestion is a beautiful device and, at least on the occasion I was there, creates a truly memorable and engaging show.

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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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REVIEW: ‘Blind Mirth’ by Blind Mirth

3.5 Stars

(from the show viewed on 03/08/2018)

Everyone loves a good bit of improv, and this was the first piece of ‘straight’ improv with no extra augmentations that I’ve seen for a while. It was refreshing and relaxing to just enjoy a bit of simple good old-fashioned improvisation from a group with a knack for it.

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Fringe Reviews 2018

Fringe Reviews

As per usual (apart from 2016 when stuff went a little awry), I’ll be endeavouring to write a review for every show I see at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

It’s one of my favourite things about the festival now, and it gives me the opportunity to keep my writing muscles flexed and in practice. 

If anyone reading this happens to be taking a show to Edinburgh this year and would like me to include it in my reviews then do drop me an email with a press release at: 

chawkinsblog@gmail.com

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Edinburgh Fringe 2017: Show Rankings

Nearly four months have passed since the end of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, and I have only now (for a variety of reasons but largely my own shortcomings) finished the last of my reviews.

That done, I have finally been able to compile my official list of all thirty-eight shows I saw, ranked in descending order of what I, purely in my own personal view, considered the best:

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