My Leonard Cohen

My Leonard Cohen    T T T 

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A tribute to the songs of Leonard Cohen

A tribute to the songs of Leonard Cohen performed by Stewart D’Arrietta’ s six piece band. Having seen a tribute show to Simon and Garfunkle last year where the guys sounded totally like them , we were perhaps expecting more of the same with this one .However, Stewart sounded more like Louis Armstrong than Leonard Cohen at times and the songs were more his interpretation rather than copy of Leonard Cohen. Not a fan of a Rod Stewart style gruff voice but audience seem to like it. Oh well, some you win some you lose.

Thespis Rating  3/5

Assembly Hall  (Venue 35)  16:30, 18:15    1 hour 15 minutes       Suitability: 12+        Group: Stewart D’Arrietta

Worbey & Farrells Rhapsody

Worbey and Farrells Rhapsody    T T T T T

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.Utterly dazzling!


Worbey & Farrells Rhapsody. Our second performance of the day .This duo bring their unique style to the world greatest music ranging from Liszt to Queen.An amazing show that one minute throws you into fits of laughter and the next moves you to tears. Utterly dazzling!

M Bicknell

Thespis  5/5


Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland — 9 to 5
Today we kicked off the day with the feel-good musical 9 to 5 performed by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Based on the 1980s cult movie with Dolly Parton , it featured original music from Dolly Parton’s score.A clever use of the set made all the scene changes seamless and unobtrusive.You can not but fill houses with a musical like that at the Fringe.Awesome!!

Thespis Rating 5/5

The Games a Foot

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The Game’s a Foot    T T T T T

The Game’s a Foot

This spectacular show was followed by a more sedate theatre production called “The game’s a foot,Try the fish”it was a hilarious one-man performance by award-winning comedian and writer Tom Taylor.It was a cross between an Agatha Christie and a PG Woodhouse novel.There were plenty of laughs in this 1920s/1930s murder mystery.n Thespis Rating 5/5

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Comedian and writer Tom Taylor

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Tom Taylor

360 Allstars

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360 Allstars
The last two days have been full on packed with a variety of events that you can only experience at the Fringe.Yesterday we started the day with the action packed show “360 Allstars”.This is a phenomenal physical performance exploring all forms of rotation.Boasting a stellar international cast , including world champion athletes and world class performers, the production connects the street with the elite to deliver a radical reinvention of circus.It was energetic, loud and a great show for the whole family.

M Bicknell

Thespis Rating  4/5

Assembly Hall (Venue 35) 16:20 Aug 10-14, 16-29 1 hourSuitability: U

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360 Allstars


Variety is the spice of life


Tonight our final show this evening. The Blues Brothers-Live. Will give my review tomorrow.

Dusting off the shades!!

It seems to me that the standard of performances is getting higher every year at the Fringe or we are just getting better at picking the winners!!

Out Of The Blue  

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Acapella boy band from Oxford University

Then …..Out of the blue…

13th run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

No not some surprise but the name of an acapella boy band from Oxford.These acapella bands are definitely the “in” thing this year at the Fringe .Who said you could be too old to go and see a boyband????? These 12 charming lads are all students at Oxford and are at the Fringe for the 13th year running.The proceeds of their performances and sales of cds all go to a local charity and a retiring collection is held at the end of each performance. It is a very entertaining family show! Would definitely recommend them.Great atmosphere and great music.These guys continue to fill large venues. I have followed this group for 8 years and they never disappoint they have become a high lite of the the festival.

Out of the Blue is proud that their show is supporting Helen & Douglas House, the world’s first children’s hospice, based near their Oxford home

Assembly, George Square Theatre.   (Venue 8)   14:45 Aug 10-15, 17-29         50 minutes          Suitability: U

M Bicknell

Thespis Rating : 5/5

It’s an illusion    

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Set at the exclusive 28 Queen Street,home of the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society,the Illusionist ‘s Table is more than just a great dinner.It is home to a mouth watering number of exclusively bottled , cask strength single malts .Our host for the evening was the acclaimed magician and illusionist Scott Silven.We arrived not knowing what to expect and were soon shepherded up a number of flights of stairs to a private room on the top floor.A beautifully laid table greeted us and name places indicated the seating arrangements. It very much felt like attending a dinner at a grand house. Scott was seated at the end of the table   and  after preliminary introductions the first course arrived. I would not like to spoil the evening for anyone going to dinner with Scott so will say very little about his “act” other than it was totally mindblowing.The food was excellent and drams of whiskey were served in between.What started out as a table full of disparate people ended up an amazing evening with people you felt were your best friends. You have to go to experience this as it is indescribable.

M Bicknell

Thespis Rating 5/5  



The second day at the Fringe started relatively relaxed.A nice stroll down the Royal Mile to watch some performers, a coffee and cake at Valeries and then a visit to the Royal Museum of Scotland. Last year they had a fabulous exhibition of Pringle through the ages with some amazing knitted garments on display.This year a Fashion and Style exhibition was equally as interesting but poor lighting ( reduced to preserve some of the  very antique fabrics) made it challenging to read the accompanying narrative.However, the garments on display were just stunning and I have included a selection of what was there ranging from the 17th Century through to the 1930s.

Let The Festival Begin

After a journey of 7 hours , I have finally arrived in Riego street.This is the ED Napier Uni student accommodation where we have been staying since we started coming to the Fringe (about a decade ago!). The accommodation is very basic. But clean and very conveniently located.
Today will be just settling in and do a shop and collect my partners in crime for the week from the airport.Need to locate some glasses and a frying pan.Kitchen is rather sparsely equipped.Tomorrow our festival kicks off.In the evening we have a table booked “At the Illusionist’s Table” where thoughts transcend , whiskey materialises and dreams are revealed.Scott Silven hosts an evening of fine dining , whiskey tasting and illusions.Can’t wait.Will decide tonight on the programme during the day.Not exactly short of choice!
Ed is already buzzing and streets are crowded.It promises to be a great Fest!

Countdown to Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016

Three days to go before I hit the road on my annual roadtrip to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival.The population in Edinburgh triples if not more for the 3 weeks of the festival. Every venue and every building that can be used from the smallest to the biggest will have been turned to a stage for the duration ( including several churches !).

I shall be joining the Norfolk Youth Music Theatre group at the Riego street University accommodation. We have provided the costumes for their production of Benjamin Britten’s Little Sweep. It is an opera written for young people and quite challenging.The action of the opera takes place in the children’s nursery of Iken Hall, Suffolk in the year 1810.The NYMT performed this opera in 2007 at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in its original version. My son Callum who was then 14 played Johnny Crome . Callum is now 22 and has just graduated from LAMDA.This show definately brings back memories.This time around Adrian Connell, the director of NYMT, has set the action in 1940  and the children play a “dress up” in Victorian/Edwardian clothes and re-enact the Little Sweep.
I attended one of their rehearsals and they are sounding amazing! NYMT have always manage to achieve 4 and 5 * reviews at the Fringe. They are an award winning group and definately worth going to see.

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Costumes for Little Sweep

William Shakespeare 400 Years

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It has been 400 years since William Shakespeare died, leaving behind a treasure trove of plays, poems and sayings that still grip the imagination of audiences throughout the world.

The Bard of Avon is believed to have died on his birthday, April 23, in his native Stratford-upon-Avon in 1616.
Every year productions of his works including Othello, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet sell out thanks to the beauty of their language and universal themes of love, revenge, sorrow and comedy.

And the poet can even be credited for his use of common sayings which are still in use today, such as “dead as a doornail” from Henry VI and “fancy free” from a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

At Thespis we are celebrating his death with Julia Holland, a Norwich based photographer, who has taken our costumes and photographed her daughter in the likeness of Shakespeare.

Julia has used our white and gold doublet which is used for the Don Juan scene in The Phantom of the Opera.