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The Marlowe's BOX CLEVER Wows Audiences at Edinburgh Fringe

The Marlowe's BOX CLEVER Wows Audiences at Edinburgh Fringe

The Marlowe's first show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is wowing audiences and reviewers.

Box Clever, which was co-commissioned by the Canterbury venue and the award-winning, female-led company nabakov, was given four stars by The Stage, which described it as: "a superb piece of writing, bubbling with bitterness yet bursting with heart, simultaneously funny and infuriating."

The British Theatre Guide said Box Clever "packs a real punch" (four stars), while The Wee Review said: "Box Clever has a fantastic script that is expertly delivered by the two performers." (four stars).

A five-star review came from Three Weeks: "We don't merely watch this tragedy unfold on stage; thanks to the taut script and mesmerising performances, we feel it."

Box Clever, written and performed by Monsay Witney, tackles love, domestic violence, and the failings of the system. Original live music and clowning is by Avi Simmons, a singer-songwriter and clown based in Kent.

The play came through Roar, The Marlowe's programme to support emerging writers and artists by giving them the opportunity to develop and produce new work through mentoring, workshops, funded research and development, and performed work-in-progress readings.

Box Clever runs at the Paines Plough Roundabout at Summerhall, Edinburgh, until Sunday 27 August.

Titas Halder, the writer of Run The Beast Down, the third play to be Made By The Marlowe, has been nominated for an industry award. He is in the running to win Best Writer at The Stage Debut Awards 2017. These are the only awards to recognise breakthrough theatre talent and celebrate emerging actors and creatives, from all backgrounds.

Run The Beast Down, starring Ben Aldridge (TV's Fleabag, Our Girl, and Larkrise To Candleford), was Titas's debut full-length production and opened at The Marlowe Studio in January before transferring to the Finborough Theatre, London, for four weeks.

Like Box Clever, Run The Beast Down came through Roar. The awards ceremony is on Sunday 17 September.

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