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BWW Review: LOST WEST END VINTAGE, Stage Door Records BWW Review: LOST WEST END VINTAGE, Stage Door Records
by Nicky Sweetland - August 22, 2017

There's such a rich history of musical theatre in London. World renowned, the West End has become a place of pilgrimage for the stagey community. But if you would like to understand better the heritage of the theatrical community and find out the origins of some of the biggest and most famous shows ... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: DARIUS DAVIES: ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA, Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: DARIUS DAVIES: ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA, Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters
by Amy Hanson - August 20, 2017

Stemming from a childhood wish to emulate Hulk Hogan, comedian Darius Davies takes us on a journey into pursuing his dream of becoming a professional wrestler, and how it all went wrong.... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: PIXEL DUST, Assembly Roxy EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: PIXEL DUST, Assembly Roxy
by Amy Hanson - August 20, 2017

A monologue on the themes of technology and identity, Pixel Dust features teenager Daniella, always online in some fashion, vlogging her hopes and dreams into cyberspace.  An outcast at her new school, she escapes into the internet, taking on different identities even as she seeks to discover her ow... (more...)
BWW Review: AGAINST, Almeida Theatre BWW Review: AGAINST, Almeida Theatre
by Marianka Swain - August 19, 2017

The incident tent, the police tape: a sickeningly familiar sight, made fresh yet again by the tragic events of this week. But that very familiarity, and the tendency of one event to be swiftly superseded by another in the public consciousness, is a major issue tackled by Christopher Shinn's ambitiou... (more...)
BWW Review: SALAD DAYS, Union Theatre BWW Review: SALAD DAYS, Union Theatre
by Gary Naylor - August 18, 2017

Salad Days is easy to dismiss is the lightest of light entertainment, but has plenty of political punch under its joyous exterior.... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING, Roundabout @ Summerhall EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING, Roundabout @ Summerhall
by Amy Hanson - August 18, 2017

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is a rocking rollercoaster ride through the last thirty years in Britain, from the Thatcherite late 80s, through Cool Britannia, to Brexit Britain.  Focusing on two working-class kids from Hull, Leah and Chris, it portrays their unfulfilled dreams and increasing neu... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: MORALE IS HIGH (SINCE WE GAVE UP HOPE), Northern Stage at Summerhall EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: MORALE IS HIGH (SINCE WE GAVE UP HOPE), Northern Stage at Summerhall
by Amy Hanson - August 18, 2017

Things really are rotten right now, aren't they?   We've got resurgent racism, the Welfare State's continual erosion, a terrible economy and climate change.   But will any of this get better in the next few years?  Luckily, Ross McCaffrey has travelled to the future, and as part of this show he expl... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: THE NORTH! THE NORTH!, Summerhall EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: THE NORTH! THE NORTH!, Summerhall
by Amy Hanson - August 18, 2017

In the 1980s, the era of Thatcher, managed decline and "the enemy within", a crack formed between the northern and southern parts of England, splitting them apart physically as well as socially.  This is the backdrop to The North! The North!, written and performed by Christopher Harrisson, a twisted... (more...)
BWW Review: BOURGEOIS & MAURICE: STYLE OVER SUBSTANCE, Soho Theatre BWW Review: BOURGEOIS & MAURICE: STYLE OVER SUBSTANCE, Soho Theatre
by Alistair Wilkinson - August 18, 2017

As one of the leading acts in the queer performance circuit Bourgeois and Maurice have been entertaining audiences for a decade. Since the opening of their first full-length show Social Work back in 2009 they have enjoyed success across the entire country. The duo celebrates 10 years of "dicking aro... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: FOREIGN RADICAL, CanadaHub @ King's Hall EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: FOREIGN RADICAL, CanadaHub @ King's Hall
by Amy Hanson - August 18, 2017

Foreign Radical is a piece of interactive theatre focusing on surveillance and suspicion in an age of prominent terrorist threat.  At its heart, it is about our complicity in a system that condemns people without evidence, presented in the style of a twisted gameshow. ... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: NOTHING, Summerhall EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: NOTHING, Summerhall
by Amy Hanson - August 18, 2017

Adapted by Pelle Koppel from the controversial young adult novel by Janne Teller, Nothing tells the story of a class of young people searching for the meaning of life.  On the first day of school, classmate Pierre-Anthon announces that life has no meaning and nothing at all matters.  To persuade him... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: SEYMOUR MACE, The Stand EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: SEYMOUR MACE, The Stand
by BWW News Desk - August 17, 2017

This bit's called the blurb whatever the f*ck that means. Anyway, I'm an idiot and I like being stupid so if that sounds like your kind of thing then get down to Stand 3 and laugh at me without feeling bad about it... or don't... it's up to you really...... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: FUNZ AND GAMEZ, Just The Tonic EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: FUNZ AND GAMEZ, Just The Tonic
by BWW News Desk - August 17, 2017

They're back! Why? Money. After a failed BBC pilot and numerous non-appearances on TV and radio, Phil's resurrected the Edinburgh award-winning (Panel Prize still counts) cult hit Funz and Gamez in a last ditched attempt to get on TV. Join Bonzo, Jim the Elf, and Uncle Mick in a brand-new format tha... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: RACHEL PARRIS- KEYNOTE, Pleasance Dome EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: RACHEL PARRIS- KEYNOTE, Pleasance Dome
by BWW News Desk - August 17, 2017

Rachel (Austentatious, The IT Crowd, Murder in Successville) has been invited to be a guest speaker at her old school, but what kind of a role model is she really? Through stand-up, character and musical comedy, she explores what messed up message she can possibly offer to impressionable young minds... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: SPEAKING IN TONGUES: THE TRUTHS, Pleasance Courtyard EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: SPEAKING IN TONGUES: THE TRUTHS, Pleasance Courtyard
by Amy Hanson - August 17, 2017

Two for one is more commonly applied to tickets at the Fringe rather than the plays themselves. Evidently keen to push against such boundaries, Doughnut Productions have taken a play by Andrew Bovell and separated it into two productions.  Running in tandem with a linked piece Speaking in Tongues: T... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: CREATIVES, Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: CREATIVES, Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
by Matt Elliot - August 17, 2017

Creatives is a dark comic pop-opera written by Irvine Welsh and Don De Grazia with music by Laurence Mark Wythe. Set in a Chicago song writing class where students get together to create and critique each other's work, former student and now superstar Sean O'Neil returns to judge a song writing cont... (more...)
BWW Review: KING LEAR, Shakespeare's Globe BWW Review: KING LEAR, Shakespeare's Globe
by Debbie Gilpin - August 16, 2017

Nancy Meckler makes her Globe debut with the penultimate show of the season, a well-known tragedy to contrast with recent comedies: King Lear. It casts a darker shadow over the Summer of Love, looking more at familial love and various struggles for power.... (more...)
BWW Review: WOMAD TAKEOVER, National Theatre River Stage Festival BWW Review: WOMAD TAKEOVER, National Theatre River Stage Festival
by Rona Kelly - August 16, 2017

At its very heart, WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) is a celebration of the arts: in every form, from every country, for everyone. And what better way to celebrate the arts than a festival? Part of the National Theatre's free series of River Stage takeovers, WOMAD brought live music, workshops... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: THE PATCHWORK ODYSSEY, Assembly Roxy EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: THE PATCHWORK ODYSSEY, Assembly Roxy
by Amy Hanson - August 16, 2017

The Odyssey is one of the most iconic stories of all time, telling the tale of Odysseus' long and epic journey home from the Trojan War.  This engaging take on it from Dutch company Patchwork Theatre offers the chance to see the Greek tale in several new ways.... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: 2016 THE MUSICAL, theSpace @ Surgeons Hall EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: 2016 THE MUSICAL, theSpace @ Surgeons Hall
by Amy Hanson - August 16, 2017

Few years in recent memory have included such a host of dramatic events, so it is perhaps no surprise that the turbulent time that was 2016 has been chosen as the subject of this new musical from Evolution Theatre.... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: THE TOXIC AVENGER, Pleasance One EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: THE TOXIC AVENGER, Pleasance One
by Gregor Dickson - August 16, 2017

Based on the 1984 cult movie of the same name and following a successful run at London's Southwark Playhouse, the rock musical comes to the Edinburgh Fringe prior to returning to London for a limited run at the Arts Theatre in autumn 2017.... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: A JOKE, theSpace on Niddry Street EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: A JOKE, theSpace on Niddry Street
by Amy Hanson - August 15, 2017

Starring Richard Oliver, Robert Picardo and Sylvester McCoy, A Joke depicts three men meeting in a void and attempting to figure out who they are and what has brought them together.  They swiftly realise that they are apparently the set up for an archetypal joke, and attempt to understand the nature... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: SOMEONE DIES AT THE END, theSpace @ Surgeons Hall EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: SOMEONE DIES AT THE END, theSpace @ Surgeons Hall
by Amy Hanson - August 15, 2017

American theatre company Squeaky Wheelz Productions have brought a new play to Edinburgh set after a nuclear apocalypse has wiped out the United States.  The topic is certainly relevant considering current political rhetoric, though the play does not dwell on events leading up to the cataclysm, focu... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, theSpace @ Venue45 EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, theSpace @ Venue45
by Gregor Dickson - August 15, 2017

'It Shoulda Been You' opened on Broadway in 2015, with a cast including Tyne Daly, Sierra Boggess and Lisa Howard in a production directed by David Hyde Pierce. It receives one of its first UK presentations here from new Edinburgh company Room 29 Theatre, and it's an inspired choice for their Fringe... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: HARRIET KEMSLEY: BAD AT DOING, Just The Tonic EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: HARRIET KEMSLEY: BAD AT DOING, Just The Tonic
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 15, 2017

Multi award-winning stand-up and absolute mess Harriet Kemsley has survived another year and returns with her best show yet.... (more...)