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Comedy Fringe

‘Hysterical, historical and hallucinogenic’: Desiree Burch: Desiree’s Coming Early review

Desiree Burch of Live at the Apollo and Netflix’s ‘Flinch’, yet again brings her boundless energy and exquisite storytelling back to the Fringe. Mixing hard-hitting truths, hilariously mad post-truths and plenty of nudity, Burch is bursting through the stage with all the intensity of a double-dose acid trip. Part personal account of institutionalised racism, part […]

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Comedy Fringe

Jack Rooke: Love Letters review

Comedian Jack Rooke already has a reputation. His previous works have investigated the high rate of male suicide and have contained frank discussions on dealing with grief. This time, hosted in a stylish gazebo with a classy backdrop of cascading fairy lights and, naturally, an accompanying harpist, Rooke expands his repertoire to talk about his […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘Poignant, ambitious and experimental’: Fish review

An adaptation of legendary Taiwanese writer Huang Chunming’s short story, Fish is a simple yet profound tale tackling masculinity, familial love and social mobility. Taiwan’s Shinehouse Theatre’s production further impresses by seamlessly integrating British Sign Language and by having the lead character, a young boy named Acha, as a puppet – whose masterful manipulation exaggerates […]

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Comedy Fringe

‘Enlightening, embarrassing and uplifting’: What Women Want review

Intersectionality, corporate feminism and neoliberalism. If these words confuse you, too, then this is the show for you! This show – recently turned podcast – encourages conversations about the “misconceptions, misadventures and misogyny” in day-to-day life. Amy Annette hosts a panel of comedians to discuss an often provocative theme and shows us the inherently individualistic […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘Funny, frightening, but ultimately heartbreaking’: Typical review

The writer of Fringe 2018 sell-out Queens of Sheba Ryan Calais Cameron returns with a play exploring the routine racism felt by black men in Britain. Directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour and starring Richard Blackwood, Typical presents the real-life story behind Christopher Alder’s death in police custody which, sadly, seems just as relevant in today’s society. […]

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Science

Marking the End of LGBTQ+ History Month: Celebrating the Scientists

To mark the end of LGBTQ+ History month, the Science and Technology Section presents a personal selection of outstanding contemporary and historic scientists across subjects and the rainbow. This article is dedicated to Prof David Smith’s husband, Sam Smith, who sadly passed away during the writing of this article at the age of 39. Dr. Alan […]