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NEWS: 2015 Edinburgh Fringe draws to a close after 50,459 performances

In Awards, Edinburgh Festival, Festivals, News, Press Releases, Regional theatre, Scotland by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

After 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows in 313 venues across Edinburgh, the curtain falls and the house lights go up on the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has announced that by Monday afternoon, with hundreds of performances still to take place, an estimated 2,298,090 tickets had been issued for shows across Scotland’s capital. The number of …

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Piss off, you miserable bastard! – My review of Dismaland

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Those words in the title above were the parting shot from the sales assistant as I exited through Dismaland’s gift shop, having dutifully paused to pick up catalogue and t-shirt. Whilst her valedictory message was (I hope) insincere (though I fear those who know me well may say the cap fits perfectly), it summed up the spirit of the faux-misery that Banksy’s Bemusement Park strives to achieve.

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A busy and buzzy August update list

In Edinburgh Festival, Features, Festivals, Inspiring people, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland by Chris GradyLeave a Comment

My last blog was 6th August and so I am offering two catch-ups. The first is a celebration list of all that I have done and seen since then. August is full of critical commentary and noise for anyone involved in Edinburgh or Tète â Tète or any of the amazing festivals, and some years […]

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Spare me 58 repetitions of a single word in an hour

In Features, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre by Susan ElkinLeave a Comment

There is no such thing as “bad” language. Words – all words – are meant to be used. That is why they have evolved. But there is definitely such a thing as weak, repetitive, lazy language, and I hear far too much of it in the theatre. Take drama school graduate showcases, for example, which I often have to review. …