Edinburgh Festival

Dave Gorman's Powerpoint Presentation

By Jennifer Lipman, August 22, 2011

Dave Gorman does Jewish humour very well. Which is surprising, as his audience quickly learns, because he’s not actually one of the funniest Jewish comics out there. He’s funny, sure. But Jewish? Or is he? What does Wikipedia say?

Without giving too much away, religion is just one of the subjects Gorman tackles with both panache and sarcasm.

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Tom Rosenthal: Child Of Privilege

By Jennifer Lipman, August 22, 2011

There are certain things only people from certain backgrounds know about - money belts, outdoor shoes or how much a meal at the Fat Duck really costs.

Tom Rosenthal knows those things - things not every poor, common soul knows - because he is a Child of Privilege.

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Fresher: The Musical

By Jennifer Lipman, August 22, 2011

Remember your first week of university?

Those awkward conversations about your where you’re from, the endless repetition of course choice and the terror of chatting to someone whose name you just cannot remember. The drinking, the flirting, the pressure of the first impression.

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Julian Sands in a Celebration of Harold Pinter

By Lee Levitt, August 17, 2011

Nearly four decades after studying Pinter's plays for his 'O' levels at Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire, the Hollywood actor Julian Sands paints a tender and affectionate, if somewhat airbrushed, portrait of the late Nobel laureate who he came to know socially and, in Pinter's twilight years, to befriend. 

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Meryl O'Rourke - Bad Mother...

By Lee Levitt, August 15, 2011

There's long been a debate about whether the Holocaust is a suitable subject for comedy. Meryl O'Rourke crashes through it, with this raw, deeply personal, engaging and ultimately cathartic Edinburgh debut solo show that places her family's trauma in Germany shortly before the Second World War at the heart of her racy act.

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Four For Jericho

By Lee Levitt, August 15, 2011

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has many potential ingredients for a dollop of black comedy, with generations of mutual hatred, prejudice and violence just for starters.

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When Abel Met Cain

By Lee Levitt, August 15, 2011

A nugget of a show, this, inspired by the Israel-Palestinian conflict, which combines biographical, biblical and mythological elements, and sprinkles in a measure of dark fantasy.

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The Investigation

By Lee Levitt, August 15, 2011

The wanton cruelty and depravity that reigned in the Auschwitz concentration camp is detailed with savage realism in Peter Weiss's three-hour script, which the University of Birmingham's 3Bugs Fringe Theatre have pared down to an hour in Rebecca Targett's unflinching documentary drama.

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The Flight into Egypt

By Lee Levitt, August 12, 2011

The plight of a provincial Polish-Jewish family between 1939 and 1946 is portrayed in Julian Caddy's earnest production of Julian Garner's illuminating play.

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Reshape While Damp

By Lee Levitt, August 12, 2011

Naomi Paul, an Oxford University graduate who teaches English as a foreign language, performs "persona-based comedy for a discerning audience". So says her flyer, at any rate. And when I pitched up at a rare moment when it wasn't actually damp in Edinburgh, it was a very discerning audience of four - including me.

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