ThreeWeeks have just published this fantastic five-star review of Potted Sherlock,
Potted Sherlock (Dan and Jeff Festival Highlights)
In this new show Dan and Jeff turn their attention to the entire canon of Sherlock Holmes stories (there are 60, don’t you know, if you count all the short ones as well as the long ones…?) and although it doesn’t seem like the most obvious author to ‘pot’ when there are kids in the audience, they do succeed amazingly well at creating a performance that is hilarious and accessible for all. The day we attended the audience seemed to comprise far more adults than children though, and it seemed fitting, because so many of the jokes and references fly above the heads of the average small child. It’s not a problem though, because the slapstick and silliness appeal to everyone, regardless of age.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Caro Moses]
Today’s your last chance to catch one of our shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2014 – we hope you’ve had a great festival!
‘Fantastic… the most spot-on impersonations I have ever seen.’ Read the full review at WOWO Edinburgh.
‘This is a 70 minute madcap romp, executed by a company who have perfected the art of farce’ – Read the full review at Edinburgh Spotlight.
‘A fantastic production, and one which will stay with you long after the curtain call.’
Read the full review here.
‘Very good indeed… ultimately great fun.’ Read the full review from The Herald here.
‘Downright enjoyable with lots of big laughs’ – read the full review here.
‘A wonderful tribute to a wonderful man.’ says ScotsGay – full review here.
‘Roper gives it her all and works with director Mike Bradwell to give the impression of going deliciously and infuriatingly over the top, yet never once losing sight of the drama.’ Read the full review in The Stage.
‘A stunningly mesmerising spectacle’ – Read the full review at ThreeWeeks.
‘A towering performance by Lizzie Roper’ – read the full review at BroadwayBaby.com.
‘Lizzie Roper brilliantly traces Burchill’s descent into a drug-addled mess but as her life and career disintegrate, her character seems to rise heavenwards towards a plateau of triumphant self-vindication.’ – Read the full review here.
‘A cracking show for kids and grown-ups alike.’ – Read the full review here at BroadwayBaby.com
‘For an evening of out and out belly laughs you can’t get any better than this. Kempner is a rare and unique talent.’ Read the full review at The Public Reviews
‘This is clear and sharp-eyed characterisation and performance of a very high order, notable even among the many other fine offerings available on the Fringe.’
Read the full review at EdinburghGuide.com.
‘Ian Ashpitel as Wise and Jonty Stephens as Morecambe have got them down to an eerily fine art.’ Read the full review at Broadway Baby.
‘Sweet, humane and life-affirming’ – read Veronica Lee’s full review here.
‘A spectacular show that will leave you beaming as you leave the theatre.’
Read the full Edinburgh Evening News review here.
Ryan Gilbey’s feature in today’s Guardian explores the creation of Outings, and says nice things about the show too. Read it here.
A knowledge of stand-up comedy comes in handy when working on a one-person play. It’s about talking to rather than talking at an audience, as Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult author Tim Fountain, director Mike Bradwell and star Lizzie Roper explain. Read More
‘Cultural references come thick and fast – some for the adults, some for the kids, most for all – and, like Sherlock Holmes himself, cleverness and wit triumphs over a seemingly impossible task.’ – Hot on the heels of being named a Top 20 show by The List, Potted Sherlock has a 5 star review to confirm they really love the show! Read it in full here.
Julie Burchill is famous for not caring what anyone thinks of her. Does she really not care? That question is at the heart of Tim Fountain’s new play, Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult. Fountain and director Mike Bradwell get to grips. Read More
Dan and Jeff, the double act behind the successful Potted series of family shows, celebrate a decade of working together next year. Here, they talk about how their friendship has survived ten years and four shows, and how it differs on and off the stage.
Neil Cooper from The Herald spoke to Julie Burchill about Tim Fountain’s new play Absolute Cult. The full interview is here (requires subscription).
‘In both script and performance, Farrelly nails far more than just Crisp’s wit here.‘ – read the full review at Broadway Baby.
Dan and Jeff have been a double act for nearly ten years, winning international acclaim and two Olivier Award nominations for their shows Potted Potter and Potted Panto. In their fourth and latest show, Potted Sherlock, they introduce a third cast member (a girl!) for the first time. That duty falls to Lizzie Wort. Here, the duo – and Lizzie – explore the secret of their double act success.
Julie Burchill is the first real-life subject that author Tim Fountain has returned to with a follow-up play, Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult, which follows his 2002 hit Julie Burchill Is Away. She’s proved more enduring than Fountain’s other subjects, Quentin Crisp and Sebastian Horsley, but she has much else in common with them. Fountain, Absolute Cult director Mike Bradwell and actor Lizzie Roper discuss the curse and qualities of a dandy.
‘The standing ovation given at the end was thoroughly deserved; few musicals in the Festival will have this wide a range of vocal and aesthetic talent on show. A must see.’ – Read the full review at Edfestmag.com
Hollywood actor Michael Nouri plays the English-speaking narrator alongside an Italian company in Siddhartha, The Musical. He explains the importance of peace and meditation, key messages in the musical, in his own life.
‘An intricately woven tapestry of stories that creates a colourful picture of humanity.’ – read the full review at Broadway Baby
How much do you know about Quentin Crisp? Here are some things that may surprise you. Learn much more in Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, which receives its world premiere at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, written and performed by Mark Farrelly.
Actor Mark Farrelly had never written or performed a solo show before. At this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, he’s premiering two: The Silence of the Snow and Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope. He turned to fellow actor and solo veteran Linda Marlowe, whose many solo successes include The World’s Wife and Berkoff’s Women, to direct both.
The team behind Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult – author Tim Fountain, director Mike Bradwell and actor Lizzie Roper – are all Edinburgh veterans. Mike has been coming since 1966 and Tim since 1989 (this year marks his 25th anniversary), while Lizzie’s ten-plus Fringe credits include comedians’ musical Gutted, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with Christian Slater, The Odd Couple with Bill Bailey and Alan Davies, and her last one-woman play, Peccadillo Circus, which she also wrote.
What keeps them all coming back?
‘This is a real tour-de-force performance, skilfully directed by Owen Lewis, and the capacity audience loved every minute.’
Read the full review here.
Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 60 Sherlock Holmes tales in total – four novels and 56 short stories. Dan and Jeff, with Lizzie Wort, cover all 60 in 70 minutes of Potted Sherlock, directed by Hanna Berrigan. Here are six of their favourites.
Hollywood actor Michael Nouri (NCIS, Damages, Flashdance), who plays the English-speaking narrator alongside an Italian company in Siddhartha, The Musical, is thrilled to visit rainy Edinburgh for the first time. Next stop, the wet West End?
Lizzie Roper returns to Edinburgh with her first solo show since 2007’s Peccadillo Circus, which also transferred to the West End. What lured her back to play Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult, written by Tim Fountain and directed by Mike Bradwell?
Mark Farrelly has written and is performing two back-to-back solo shows at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, about two very different 20th-century Englishmen: novelist, playwright and Soho alcoholic Patrick Hamilton, whose plays included Rope and Gaslight, and eccentric and The Naked Civil Servant author Quentin Crisp. Both are directed by Linda Marlowe. Mark explains the connection…
Siddhartha, the Musical is a truly unique project. There are so many firsts relating to the production, it’s hard to decide what to tell you about first. Here are just some of the ways that, when you buy your ticket to see this show, you’re buying into a bit of theatrical history.
Hollywood actor Michael Nouri plays the English-speaking narrator alongside an Italian company in Siddhartha, The Musical. He is not surprised that this Buddhist musical was created by Mafia lifers in Italy’s toughest maximum security prison.
All of our shows are participating in the Fringe 241 ticket promotion on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th August, so you can see even more shows for even less money both today and tomorrow! Why not use this opportunity to complete the #FHChallenge?
David Grindley’s myriad West End credits include Our Boys, Abigail’s Party, Six Degrees of Separations, Some Girl(s), What the Butler Saw and Journey’s End, which transferred to Broadway and won the Tony Award for Best Revival. After a 14-year absence, he returns to Edinburgh with the world premiere of Outings, at the Gilded Balloon.
“Utterly mesmerising. Incredibly enjoyable.” The List loved Siddhartha – read their full review here.
‘At the Gilded Balloon, there was an impressive production inspired by the diver Tom Daley – specifically his decision, last year, to out himself. Outings related dozens of such stories, sourced by Matthew Baldwin and Thomas Hescott, dramatised by Zoe Lyons, Rob Deering, Andrew Doyle and Camille Ucan. When did the interviewees first know? Aged 4, 7, 11, 34. Where did they first know? At bat mitzvahs, visiting euroboys.com, watching John Craven on Newsround. As with Broke, it was the accumulated weight of confession that made Outings powerful. Some of the tales were extraordinary, such as the Guinness-based “cure” offered by a Liverpool hospital; most were grimly believable. Parents in denial. Herd-responding schoolkids, aiming rubbers. The performers, all standup comics by trade, kept flair in check, reserving it for occasions. The room roared at Doyle’s portrayal of a melodramatic teen, his mum too understanding. He wanted to be thrown out of the family home! He’d perfected just the sashay with which to leave.’
Read the full Observer review here.
‘I would not hesitate to recommend anyone going along… A tremendous performance!’ – Read the full review at One4Review.com
‘Never fails to deliver on witticisms but everything here conspires to make this a success’ – read the full review at The Quotidian Times site.
‘Siddhartha really provides a positive experience and message for our time.’ – Check out this interview with Simone Genatt at Edfestmag.com about her latest production Siddhartha, The Musical.
Mark Farrelly and Linda Marlowe after Quentin Crisp at Gilded Balloon
I’m in the final stretch of my #FHChallenge, having now seen two-thirds of Festival Highlights nine 2014 offerings and aiming to polish off the final three back-to-back today.
Mark Brown says of Outings in today’s Guardia Festival diary – ‘Highly recommended is Outings at the Gilded Balloon, a show created from coming out stories and inspired by Tom Daley. It covers the whole gamut, from the excruciatingly awkward to the moving and beautiful. There’s an old guy who remembers how his mother vomited and cried herself to sleep every night before he went on a ludicrous “gay cure.” Then there is the respondent who says: “My dad was relieved … he thought I was going to ask for money.” And the bloke who offers: “It did help when I came out as bisexual to my father that he said he was too.”‘
Read the full diary here.
Michael Nouri with Terri Paddock
Day Two of my #FHChallenge starts an interview with Hollywood actor Michael Nouri, who is playing the English-speaking narrator in the Italian production of Siddhartha, The Musical. Read More
Have a read this great interview about the latest Potted show that appears in the new issue of The List.
The street team led by Julia Bolden (centre)
After a late night at the technical rehearsal for Eric and Little Ern, Day One of my Festival Highlights Challenge started with a 10am production office meeting. Producer James Seabright went through the first day’s advance sales for all nine shows and set the street team, under the direction of Julia Bolden, with targets.
For the past 12 years, Festival Highlights has presented some of the most popular and acclaimed shows on the Fringe. For 2014, we’ve handpicked nine we think you’ll love. To encourage you to see them all – and share your views on them – we’ve launched the Festival Highlights Challenge (#FHChallenge)!
Neil Cooper, the theatre critic of The Herald, visited Milan to see a workshop of Siddhartha, The Musical and to meet some of the prisoners involved in the creation of the original production. Read his fascinating full feature here.
Mark Farrelly on the inspiration for Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope…
I was touring in a Noel Coward play. On a shelf in my digs, I found a copy of Quentin Crisp’s autobiography The Naked Civil Servant. It was one of those very few books that I read cover to cover. I howled with laughter but also started thinking a little bit about life.
I had heard of Quentin Crisp before that but, like a lot of people, I hadn’t taken much notice. In many people’s imagination, he’s reduced to merely a very camp figure, like a cross between John Inman and Boy George. And he just simply wasn’t like that at all. I was amazed to read in the book about the chosen degradation and the isolation. He didn’t shut himself off but he didn’t rush out to find people either. He said: ‘Just stay right where you are and wait for society to form itself around you’.
After their West End success with The Act earlier this year, co-writers Thomas Hescott and Matthew Baldwin have reunited for Outings, the world premiere coming-out show. In the course of researching and writing the play, the former schoolfriends, who themselves came out as young men, gathered more than 70 real-life stories from other gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders, ranging from 16 to 60+ years of age and from the UK and around the globe. Read More
Tim Fountain’s first play about Julie Burchill premiered in 2002. Why did he want to return to the subject 12 years later?
The first play, Julie Burchill Is Away, came about when I was seeing Jackie Clune. Jackie and I had always been Burchill fans. We used to lie in bed reading the columns out to each other on a Saturday morning. Anybody who tells the world she doesn’t care what people think of her is innately interesting dramatically. You can’t help but ask: can that be true? Is it possible to live like that? Read More
Arthur Conan Doyle wrote four novels and 56 short stories about the great detective Sherlock Holmes. In Potted Sherlock, Dan and Jeff (a.k.a. Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner) race through all 60 cases in 70 minutes. Here, they discuss with our guest editor Terri Paddock why Holmes was crying out for the irreverent but always family-friendly Potted treatment. Read More