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 [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: Monica: This Show Is Not About Monica Lewinsky

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“A play exploring how men are treated differently from women – particularly with regard to sex, secrecy and shame” BY JENNIFER KENNEDY Apparently this show is not about Monica Lewinsky. Except – it is.  It is totally a show about Monica Lewinsky. Perhaps there’s a Monica in us all, facing trauma from the past that impacts on [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: Gusset Grippers

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“Changing the world – one fanny at a time” BY JENNIFER KENNEDY Incontinence and challenges with sexual function don’t instantly strike you as a recipe for comedy. However, the packed audience for this show would certainly disagree, laughing and nodding wryly, watching physiotherapist and recovered incontinent Elaine Miller perform her solo show. A third of women in [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical

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“Witty lyrics and outstanding performances – it’s not possible to be bored by this show” BY JENNIFER KENNEDY After a day of depressing office politics while on the nine-to-five hamster wheel, I’m most certainly in agreement with the sentiment of this show… A song and a dance would have made the two hour finance meeting I’d [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: The Struggling Life Of An Artist

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“An interesting and very watchable exploration of the entertainment industry” BY JENNIFER KENNEDY Having spent the last couple of weeks enjoying the amazing variety and hugely diverse talent within the Fringe, mainstream television and radio seems so bland in comparison. Pop stars, actors and shows all seem cloned – as if they have all adhered [….]

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: Traumgirl

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“Put your own narrative on sex work to the side and listen with an open mind” BY JENNIFER KENNEDY. IMAGE PATRICK MATTRAUX Sex work. Whatever your views, you would have to agree that it is one of the most resilient industries in history.   Edinburgh has certainly played an active part in flourishing the trade, so [….]