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A Clockwork Orange

Anthony Burgess’ novel A Clockwork Orange was controversial to say the least when it was published in 1962, with an equally controversial film adaptation from Stanley Kubrick following nine years later. Both were an expression of the ultra-violence associated with the character of the psychopathic young male, set in an almost unrecognisable 1970s dystopia. Burgess […]

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Comedy Fringe Variety

Sean Kelly’s Chat Show

Don’t bother going away and searching who Sean Kelly is – there are lots of famous Sean Kellys, ranging from musicians to poker players. This particular Sean Kelly doesn’t even have his own Wikipedia page. For anyone who has watched the British or American versions of Storage Hunters, which he devised and hosts, this will […]

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Fringe Theatre

An Evening With the Voices in Annie’s Head

When there is a play about anxiety, stress and emotion, how do a group like No Door Theatre represent these in a way that is engaging and unique? Simple: introduce two very over-the-top TV presenters working on a fake show – inside Annie’s head – watched by a fake audience consisting solely of Annie herself. […]

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Fringe Theatre

Performers

Here’s what was expected from Performers, as a black comedy co-written by Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh: intrigue, glamour, and two sharp-witted gangsters with greater ambitions than testosterone-fuelled one-upmanship. Alas, the criminal duo comprising George Russo’s Bert and Perry Benson’s Alf came across as a bit dim. The script unfortunately does not reflect Welsh’s legendary […]

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Fringe Theatre

Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

A barber driven on bloody revenge, a woman’s dangerous obsession and the putrid figure of authority who is responsible. Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd is practically a perfect operatic tale, full of sweeping musical numbers and a grand sense of scale. Captivate Theatre have brought their adaption of the musical to the Fringe and do this […]

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Fringe Theatre

The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People

There are many dog lovers out there, so the first thing that must be said to stop tongues wagging in vain is that there are no dogs in this show. No real ones anyway – they can be heard, and there is an impersonation, but no real ones. Disappointing perhaps, but this show from Rosalind […]

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Film Fringe Music

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

It is an inescapable fact, which movie buffs must accept, that one of the all-time landmarks of horror movies and cinema in general was in fact a borderline rip-off of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The people behind F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror wanted to draw as much inspiration from Stoker’s masterpiece as possible without […]

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Fringe Theatre

Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters

While the world sadly lost Terry Pratchett more than two years ago now, the world that he created was not lost, continuing to inspire and intrigue to this day. Duck in a Hat Theatre’s adaption of Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters  sees the cast clearly have a ball immersing themselves in the universe born from the […]