Tuesday, September 21, 2021

COMEDY – Reginald D Hunter on dating white women and discovering his 17-year-old daughter

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BY SIMONE MEDONOSReginald D Hunter glides in and out of edgy storytelling at his Pleasance show, Reginald D Hunter: An American Facing the Beast and Niggas.Reginald glides onto stage with a warm smile and gentle...
5 Guys Chillin', a play about gay chemsex at Edinburgh Fringe

REVIEW – Hardcore discussions on Homosexual Chemsex

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SHOW TITLE: 5 Guys Chillin' VENUE: Assembly Roxy (Venue 139), Aug 17-22, 24-27  By ANGUS MITCHELLTHIS provocative theatre performance, based on events in Clapham, London, is fuelling dialogue on the extent of harm in homosexual chemsex and its...

REVIEW – Canadian Tom proves that ‘funny’ is a four letter word

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SHOW TITLE:  I Swear, Tom StadeVENUE: Gilded Balloon Teviot, until August 27 By WULLIE MARR  I SWEAR, the title of Tom Stade's first Edinburgh Fringe show for two years, just might win the award for the most...
Male swans in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Swan Lake’s muscular makeover is a rippling five star triumph

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Male swans are magnificent, alluring - and utterly terrifying By MORAG PHILLIPSNO-ONE seeing this spectacular production for the first time, can be prepared for the sheer beauty, pulsating sensuality and the intent viciousness of these...
Screen grab from James Kelman movie, Dirt Road to Lafayette

FILM – Young Scot’s US road trip hints at musical redemption

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By JEAN WESTIN MANN Booker prize-winning author James Kelman’s first foray into screen writing, his literacy and love of traditional American music from Creole to Cajun and much in between comes to the fore.Dirt...

INTERACTIVE COMEDY – Only Fools and 3 Courses, a Lovely Jubbly Ruby Murray with...

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BY SIMONE MEDONOSWhilst attending a Gala Dinner hosted by Boycie and Marlene, chaos ensues upon the arrival of Del Boy, Rodney and Uncle Albert.Only Fools and 3 Courses is, you guessed it, an Only...

REVIEW: Matilda The Musical

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By Simone MedonosThe Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the perfect mix of treacly mischief and bookishness.In its first UK and Ireland tour, adapted by Dennis Kelly, with music...
Joana Vasoncelos at Jupiter Artland

SCULPTURE – An out of this world art experience with huge gravitational pull

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As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, JEAN WEST discovers exactly why Jupiter Artland sculpture park holds such a power of attraction  THE ROAD to Jupiter Artland is painted bright with summer. Surrounding fields are shot...
My Leonard Cohen at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017

REVIEW – Leonard Cohen Tribute act left me miserable for all the wrong reasons

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SHOW TITLE: My Leonard Cohen VENUE: Assembly Rooms, until 27 August, 7.45pm. By JEAN WEST OK, so I guess it was my own fault for going to see a tribute band.For me cheesy re-renderings of a performer’s...

MUSIC – 400 artists gather in Portobello for Edinburgh’s Big Beach Busk

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BY BOB CUMMINSThe last Saturday in August is reserved for one of the largest busking events in Europe. Edinburgh’s Big Beach Busk brings together around 400 talented artists, and see’s the population of Portobello...

VARIETY – Jason Donovan and his ‘Amazing Midlife Crisis’

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BY JOY HADDENHaving recently turned 50, Jason Donovan’s Amazing Midlife Crisis is a show more about his past successes than any crisis, or future direction; the ex-teen heartthrob embellishes us with memories of his life...

COMEDY THEATRE – One woman Sex and The City is a hilarious must-see parody

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I didn’t realise how much I’d missed Sex and The City in my life until I saw KERRY IPEMA’s one woman parody show, in which she nails impersonating everyone’s favourite characters on their most...

REVIEW: Rock of Ages

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The smash hit musical Rock of Ages is an epic cheese-fest that rocks to the capital for one week only! Enjoy a night of bare flesh and Rock n Roll debauchery accompanied by an awesome live...

CABARET – How To Be a Bad Girl… A Debaucherous Night with Sabrina Chap

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 The stage is set with a Keyboard and a microphone, How to Be a Bad Girl - A Debaucherous Night with Sabrina Chap, is a cabaret solo-show full of storytelling, and hilarious off-the-cuff comedy. Sabrina...
Can can dancer from Moulin Rouge launch Toulouse Lautrec exhibition in Edinburgh, Scotland, October 2018

How diminutive artist became the poster child for celebrity culture

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Flamboyant and debauched Lautrec's work celebrated at vibrant Scottish exhibitionBy JEAN WESTHIS STORY could have been more tragic; a promising artist whose growth, stunted by childhood riding accidents, caused him to feel like a misfit...

PHYSICAL THEATRE/ CIRCUS – The 7 Fingers troupe deliver a spectacular Fringe must see

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BY JEAN WESTEven though I thought I had a certain insight into Réversible, the European debut Fringe dish served up by The (extraordinary) 7 Fingers, following an interview with creator, Gypsy Snider, the swell...
Photos of otters captured during wildlife photo safari in the Scottish Highlands

Writer’s ‘Ring of Bright Water’ adventure proves to be otter-spotting heaven

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Respectful wildlife photography safari is sensitive success storyA ONE-DAY otter photography workshop in the Scottish Highlands brought writer MARY FISCHER up close and personal with the natural world. Here she outlines a perfect day...

COMEDY – Jason Byrne: You Can Come in, But Don’t Start Anything is a...

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BY JOY HADDENIf any stand up comedian can prey on a sold out audience at Assembly Hall, Jason Byrne can; the "big paddy wack ding dong" that he is. From the minute he arrived...

THEATRE – Sirens is a roar for the silent minorities

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BY KATHRYN PIERCE In collaboration with @SomewhereEDIPlucking brilliant! Sirens is a roar for the silent minorities, with guts, glitter and gumption. You need it in your life.It’s a rare thing to find a piece...

CHILDREN’S SHOWS – VIKING at Underbelly Bristo Square

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Who better to review kids shows than a kid?Deadline at the Fringe’s youngest reviewer, 6-year-old Gus, is out with his Dad Paul (42) to give their say on this years Edinburgh Festival Fringe acts.JOURNEY...
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