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Salt Water: A Comedy Show Comedy

4 stars

Salt Water is a funny and wonderfully slick maritime sketch show from four members of the Cambridge Footlights. The performers all display impressive talent, but what makes this show really stand out is its original theme, and the coherent way that the show sticks to it.

The show is built on one continuous storyline, with a clear beginning, middle and end. We follow the story of four teenagers stuck in the gloomy and out-of-the-way fishing village of Salt Water, as they grapple with the bizarre locals and search for a way to escape.

Review by Elsa Maishman published on Friday 25 August | Read more

All's Well That Ends As You Like It: A Lamentable Comedie and Hysterickal Tragedie, by William Shakefpeare Theatre

3 stars

Questing Vole Productions deserve to be congratulated. Not only have they landed one of the longest titles in the Fringe programme, their play is rubbish. And that's exactly as it's meant to be.

Right from the start, it's breaking rules: we open with a few polite words from the 'director' Chris, played by Jack Blackburn. It quickly becomes clear that the play will not proceed in the usual fashion, as their farce sees more and more calamity arrive.

Review by Mike Lee published on Friday 25 August | Read more

Erich McElroy Tops Trump Comedy

3 stars

Erich McIlroy opens his set with an apology. As an American living in Britain, he says, he’s sorry for the president that the USA has inflicted upon the world. This show was born, he tells us, from the countless encounters with other parents at his children’s school, in the face of whose confusion he was forced to try and explain the phenomenon that is Donald Trump.

Review by Elsa Maishman published on Friday 25 August | Read more

The Picture of Dorian Gray Theatre

4 stars

This production opens with an elegantly-arranged wall of nine hanging portrait frames, each one either empty or housing a puppet figure. One frame stands out quite clearly as the centrepiece. Chopin is playing, and the music is also well-suited to the artistic setting; fine living, fine art and a fine time is to be had, it seems.

Review by Mike Lee published on Friday 25 August | Read more

The Harry and Chris Show 2 Comedy

5 stars

Last year, The Harry and Chris Show was advertised in the Spoken Word section of the programme. They were told they were ‘surprisingly funny’, so this year the inventively-named Harry and Chris Show 2 is listed as comedy. It’s definitely in the right place, as the show is belly-achingly funny – but it must be said that this spoken-word / poetry / music / comedy duo are too unique to be boxed into a single genre.

Review by Elsa Maishman published on Friday 25 August | Read more

Nocturnes Theatre

4 stars

Part of the British Council showcase, Nocturnes is a new piece from production group Imitating the Dog. It’s a unique multimedia exploration of film and theatre, as two actors voice a film they can’t see and don’t acknowledge, accompanied by a third character billed on the programme as ‘control’.

Review by Elsa Maishman published on Friday 25 August | Read more

The Man on the Moor Theatre

4 stars

An occasional high-profile case does make the news, but not a lot is said about the majority of missing people. It’s ironic, as this solo show points out, that many of those who are "missing" go un-missed. The Man on the Moor, written and performed by Max Dickins, is about one man’s obsession with his father’s disappearance 20 years ago.

Review by Udita Banerjee published on Friday 25 August | Read more

Grimmprov: The Improvised Fairytale Comedy

3 stars

Once upon a time there was a dark stage and a blackboard... a storyteller whips his cloak about him, and unleashes his pet improvisers to tell a tale the likes of which has never been seen before.

The show begins, as ever in improv shows, with audience suggestions. On the night I went, we were asked for an item (a seashell), a power or curse (mind reading) and a title (The Fall of the South Coast). The performer then worked this into a wacky, humorous and somewhat stabby tale of a king, a carpenter and a drum seller who‘d forgotten his drum sticks.

Review by Lizzie Bell published on Friday 25 August | Read more

Dickens for Dinner Theatre

4 stars

In the irreverent comedy Dickens for Dinner we join Charlie Dickens, in leather trousers no less, as he presents a decidedly 1980s take on A Christmas Carol. It’s the "eve of Chrim" 1989 and Scrooge’s ever-faithful employee Bob is busy collecting potential song titles from the audience, whilst warning them not to use the C-word (Christmas, of course) in front of music mogul Scrooge.

Review by Caroline Cawley published on Friday 25 August | Read more

The Iconoclasts Musicals & Opera

4 stars

Meet the Iconoclasts, a dysfunctional family with a passion for performance and some difficult issues to work through. This alternative musical-cabaret sees them reunited and on tour with their band, lead by professional smoothy Mr Sweet Sax. There are tears, laughter and a good few jibes at Brexit. Will their desire to compete with each other ruin the show, or can they pull it together for the sake of a good performance?

Review by Jane Bristow published on Friday 25 August | Read more

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