Wednesday, January 26, 2022

COMEDY – Garrett Millerick: Smile at Just the Tonic – The Tron

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Smile is a misanthropic feast of vitriolic cynicism and social commentary, presented by one of the most charismatic stand-ups at this years Edinburgh Festival Fringe.Breakthrough Act 2019 Award nominee Garrett Millerick is fed up...
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Nicola Sturgeon: “I’m not actively working with Corbyn on a no confidence vote”

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POLITICS dominated the discussion between First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and award-winning Scottish sports journalist Graham Spiers during ‘In Conversation with… Nicola Sturgeon’ at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.Though the event was sold as a discussion...

COMEDY/ THEATRE – Not-Yet-Suffragette “I just couldn’t love it”

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I just couldn’t love it, but I did enjoy the sighs of the white male sitting behind me as this charged feminist re-capped history from the modern-female gaze.After a successful run at the Brighton...
Review of Senegalese Shindig. A Scottish World Music band, who performed at edinburgh fringe 2017

REVIEW – Joyful world music combo also deliver powerful messages

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SHOW TITLE: Senegalese Shindig VENUE: New Town Theatre, Venue 7, August 17 only By ANGUS MITCHELL THIS musical collective, arguably Scotland's finest world music purveyors, is led by Samba Sene, a man who is politically engaged.That...

Critically acclaimed LGBTQ play Riot Act returns for 2020 UK tour

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A powerful verbatim theatre piece exploring the history of the LGBTQ rights movement is returning for a UK tour in 2020, following a successful tour in 2019 and run at the Duchess Theatre in the...

MAGIC – Paul Zenon: Trust Me! stuns audiences at Le Monde

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PAUL ZENON’S greatest trick on Tuesday night (6thAugust) was not the tricks he performed on stage, but his ability to turn a room full of adults into children for an hour.Every so often the...

MUSIC – Joan As Policewoman performs at Lau-Land Festival in Edinburgh

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 BY JEAN WESTJoan Wasser of Joan As Policewoman, from across the pond in New York, had a notion of what Leith was all about before her recent visit.The dynamic star, whose charismatic blend of art rock/pop and ingenuity has been felling...

THEATRE – Geoff Sobelle builds a HOME at the International Festival

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BY JEAN WEST I hadn't intended to get married when I left the house this afternoon.But by 5pm, I had a new husband - a stranger I had never met - who drank wine and toasted me...
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THEATRE – The Incident Room – A retelling of the crimes of the Yorskshire...

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The Incident Room is as close as you could get to seeing an episode of Line of Duty live on stage. But unlike most police procedurals the focus is squarely on those most affected by the...

THEATRE – Cadaver Synod at Sweet Venues

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RFT return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a brand new black comedy exploring the relationship between power and the past, the dangers of ignoring the sensibilities of the masses, and just where to...
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How To Pick The Best Towel For A Spa-Like Bathing Experience 

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For many people, nothing could be more comforting after a tiring day than a long, relaxing soak in a warm bath. Apart from cleansing the body, it also takes the pressure off the mind...

COMEDY THEATRE – The pretend men bring the best Police Cops ever

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 Police Cops is a fast-pace comedy that spoofs almost every police show of the 70s and 80s. This parody is a bit like Hot Fuzz meets 22 Jump Street but with way more comedy montage...

THEATRE – Midsummer, a revitalised retelling by The National Theatre of Scotland

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BY JEAN WEST'Change is possible,' said the words on the parking meter as Helena balked at having to cough up so much for this unintentional overstay.The same words were spelled out in balloons above...

THEATRE – Hocus Pocus means magic!

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BY MORAG PHILLIPS Phillipe Saire is a Lausanne based choreographer and has created over 30 productions in a long and productive career.  In Hocus Pocus, along with his talented team and two very strong dancers,...

COMEDY – Heidi Kills Time at the Pleasance Courtyard

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BBC New Comedy Award winner, Heidi Regan returns to the fringe with Heidi Kills Time a far more conventional approach to stand-up.Lined with daft humour and a sprinkle of political angst, Regan seems to strive...

MUSIC – The Jesus and Mary Chain smash Leith Theatre

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BY JEAN WESTSo, there were no fights, no bloody noses or smashed equipment for Edinburgh International Festival audiences, and the band, who in the early days often scarpered after 15 mins, played for more...
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...

BOOK FESTIVAL – The book every man should read

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A personal reflection on Laura Bates - Misogynation: The True Scale of Sexism by Bob Cummins.I'm here to see Laura Bates tonight because I am intrigued. I'm intrigued because I know I must be a...

DANCE – “Stunning” performance, Dance Japan blends jazz and tradition

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BY MORAG PHILLIPSYOSHITAKA SUZUKI has stunning stage presence.He hails from Akita City. The prefecture of Akita is to the North West on Japans main island of Honshu. Surrounded by mountains, it is well known for...
Benjamin Clementine on stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

REVIEW – Rough layers peeled away to reveal this sweet, sweet Clementine

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SHOW TITLE: Benjamin Clementine VENUE: Festival Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival. By JEAN WEST You can see why Benjamin Clementine might have got on some people’s nerves early in this performance.Late start and technical difficulties aside, the performer,...
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