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Review: Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

By at August 22, 2013 | 11:52 am | 0 Comment

Taiko Drummers

For those of you unfamiliar with ‘Taiko drumming’, essentially it is the practice of using traditional Japanese drums (such as those which would be used to accompany the Samurai as they marched into battle) in an ensemble performance, with different routines having different specific meanings and origins. I have to say, as a percussionist with a lifelong

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Review: Impromptu Shakespeare

By at August 21, 2013 | 1:28 pm | 2 Comments

Impromptu Shakespeare

One would be forgiven for thinking a show entitled ‘Impromptu Shakespeare’, wherein the entire concept is for the cast to create a brand new Shakespeare play in every show, would be performed almost entirely in the Bard’s synonymous iambic pentameter verse format.  Barring the occasional slightly awkward rhyming couplet, however, this is sadly not the

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Ninjas Storm the Edinburgh Fringe

By at August 19, 2013 | 4:09 pm | 1 Comments

Ninjas storm the Edinburgh Fringe, promoting the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers' show

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummer Ninjas at the Edinburgh Fringe have caused a stir both onstage during the show itself - in a dramatically lit, tightly choreographed spectacle - & also through their on-street publicity stunts. Audiences have been building steadily through the run thanks to phenomenal crowd reactions & the growing buzz on the street that something special

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Review: Songs For A New World

By at August 19, 2013 | 10:34 am | 0 Comment

If you were to say the name Jason Robert Brown to the average theatre goer or Joe Public on the street, ‘Who?’, would be by far the most common response. Indeed, even among “industry people”, the New York based singer/composer greatly divides opinon. Brave then is the decision of Edinburgh company Green Room to tackle Brown’s distinctly American song

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Review: Drum Struck By Drum Café

By at August 18, 2013 | 11:55 am | 1 Comments

Drumstruck at the Edinburgh Fringe

Being a percussionist who owns his own ‘djembe’, to say I was excited about seeing a show which features traditional African drums, including one for EVERY member of the audience, would be the very definition of understatement. Slotting in somewhere between Stomp! and The Lion King, Drum Struck delivers on practically every level. In the beginning, we meet the Drum

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Review: The Curse Of Elizabeth Faulkner

By at August 17, 2013 | 2:46 pm | 0 Comment

Every now and then, you see a listing for a show and think to yourself “Yes! This seems to have all the makings of a great show.” When I saw there was a “Horror farce” featuring an undertaker-turned-gravedigger and the whole thing was being performed in what is essentially a cave under the South Bridge, I felt sure I was in for a real treat. Sadly

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Review: ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

By at August 15, 2013 | 11:57 am | 0 Comment

As far removed as it is from my usual style, I am going to begin this review with a couple of negatives – for reasons, I’m certain, will become very clear, very quickly. My first (and main) gripe with this production is something of a ‘pet peeve’ of mine with theatre in general – the lack of any form of programme or cast list (save for paying £5

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Review: Hansel & Gretel – The Opera

By at August 14, 2013 | 11:26 am | 0 Comment

Translator/Director, Christopher Moon-Little, brings his modern take on Engelbert Humperdink’s 1891 opera to the Edinburgh fringe for weeks two and three. It features dual cast, largely composed of current or recent music school students – a fact which goes some way toward explaining the slightly uneven level of the performances. The first half of the

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BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals: Edinburgh Exclusives

By at August 6, 2013 | 12:16 am | 0 Comment

BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals

New tickets are available for the free late-night BBC Presents shows with some of the best talent from across the Edinburgh Festivals. On Wednesday 7th August Jodie Prenger, star of BBC One's I'd Do Anything, introduces an evening of fabulous musical theatre from across the Fringe. On Thursday 8th August Cerrie Burnell from CBeebies will be presenting

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Cheaper Fringe have deals for Edinburgh locals

By at August 3, 2013 | 11:27 pm | 1 Comments

The Fringe is Here PICK OF THE DEALS... PHIL KAY £3 Tickets from 1st to 11th Aug Fringe Legend Phil Kay was Cheaper Fringe's biggest selling ticket last year We love his shows... And it seems that you do too Buy Tickets Here http://www.cheaperfringe.co.uk/fringe-show/phil-kay-verbal-diary/ IVAN BRACKENBURY £3 Tickets from 1st to 25th Aug A contender for

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