FRINGE REVIEW: Pits

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Hit the toon with McKenzie and her family – but be prepared for what comes next  BY CARRIE LYELL Billed as “the best Geordie night out you can have (in Edinburgh)”, this outrageous new dramedy written by up and coming north-easterner Louise Barron is full of laughs – and surprises.  Step into the living room [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: The Unfortunate Bisexual

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Five stars for this reviewer’s “Fringe favourite” WORDS EMILY SHEWELL, IMAGE STEVE CROSS Rachel Wheeley and Cerys Bradley’s inimitable stand up show is both slick and quick witted as they individually address their experiences of bisexuality, the silly stereotypes, and why one Olympic swimmer will always have a place in Cerys’ heart.  Their anecdotal tales [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: Rouge

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“Totally shameless and indulgent, I defy anyone not to gasp in shock and awe in equal measure” BY JENNIFER KENNEDY Bright circus tents in the middle of the Meadows drew us in early to experience the atmosphere (and enjoy the bar) before the show.  Getting pleasantly tipsy before this adult-themed show was, however, “kyboshed” when [….]

REVIEW: The Bareback Kings at Camden Fringe

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The drag king comedy group serves up a royally entertaining night that’s as smart as it is funny, says Kat Halstead BY KAT HALSTEAD The UK drag scene is thriving and diversifying, and to prove it, the Bareback Kings are slowly manspreading their way to the top with their first ever hour-long show. Cue the [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: Mandy Muden: Is Not The Invisible Woman

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Mandy Muden combines comedy and magic in this family friendly four-star show BY JENNIFER KENNEDY  I’m outside Teviot Row House – the Fringe venue for Mandy Muden – who combines comedy and magic in her solo show. It is also the oldest purpose built student union, and my favourite haunt 30 years ago when I [….]

Primadonna festival: A weekend where women come first

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The end of August sees a new festival join the circuit, one all about celebrating difference, welcoming in outsiders, and lifting up non-conformists BY DIVA STAFF Primadonna festival takes place from 30 August – 1 September in Pettaugh, Suffolk. It bills itself as more than just a festival, but an opportunity to step outside the [….]