5* for Potted Sherlock

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]

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Final shows today!

Today’s your last chance to catch one of our shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2014 – we hope you’ve had a great festival!

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5* for Eric & Little Ern

‘Fantastic… the most spot-on impersonations I have ever seen.’ Read the full review at WOWO Edinburgh.

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4* for Potted Sherlock

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.

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4* for Outings

‘Must-see… vital theatre’ Read the full review at A Younger Theatre.

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4* for Quentin Crisp from British Theatre Guide

‘A fantastic production, and one which will stay with you long after the curtain call.’

Read the full review here.

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4* Herald review for Siddhartha

‘Very good indeed… ultimately great fun.’ Read the full review from The Herald here.

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4* for Siddhartha

‘An instant crowd pleaser’ – read the full review at The Stage

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4* for Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

‘Brilliant… excellent’ – read the full collection of superlatives here at The Stage.

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5* for The Only Way Is Downton in The Mirror

‘Downright enjoyable with lots of big laughs’ – read the full review here.

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4* for Quentin Crisp from ScotsGay

‘A wonderful tribute to a wonderful man.’ says ScotsGay – full review here.

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4* for Quentin Crisp from Edinburgh Guide

‘An excellent hour’s entertainment’ according to this review on EdinburghGuide.com

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4* for Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult

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.

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4* for Night Bus from Whatsonstage

‘So vivid and arresting’ – Read Michael Coveney’s review here.

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Interview with Outings writer Matt Baldwin

Have a read of this great interview at EQView.

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Yet another 4* review for Siddhartha

‘A stunningly mesmerising spectacle’ – Read the full review at ThreeWeeks.

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4* review for Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult

‘A towering performance by Lizzie Roper’ – read the full review at BroadwayBaby.com.

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Great Spectator review for Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult

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.

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Another 4* review for Potted Sherlock

‘A cracking show for kids and grown-ups alike.’ – Read the full review here at BroadwayBaby.com

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4.5* for The Only Way Is Downton

‘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

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5* for The Silence Of Snow

‘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.

 

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4* for Eric and Little Ern

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.

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4* for Outings from ArtsDesk

‘Sweet, humane and life-affirming’ – read Veronica Lee’s full review here.

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New photos of Potted Sherlock

Check out this gallery of production photos of the sell-out premiere season of Potted Sherlock.

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Another 4* review for Siddhartha

‘You will love it’ – Read the full Broadway Baby review here.

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4* for Siddhartha, The Musical

‘A spectacular show that will leave you beaming as you leave the theatre.’

Read the full Edinburgh Evening News review here.

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4* for Potted Sherlock

‘Great family entertainment’ – read the full review at British Theatre Guide

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‘Punchy, lucid and moving’ – The Guardian on Outings

Ryan Gilbey’s feature in today’s Guardian explores the creation of Outings, and says nice things about the show too. Read it here.

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Defining and performing ‘stand-up drama’

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 »

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5* for Potted Sherlock from The List

PottedSherlock3‘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.

 

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4* for Potted Sherlock

‘This is a cracking family friendly show’ – Read the full review at ThePublicReviews.com here.

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The heat of Julie Burchill: Does she really just not care?

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 »

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Outings nominated for an Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award 2014

You can read more about this award here.

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How onstage and offstage friendship fuels Potted success

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.

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The Herald speak to Julie Burchill

Neil Cooper from The Herald spoke to Julie Burchill about Tim Fountain’s new play Absolute Cult. The full interview is here (requires subscription).

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4* review for Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

‘In both script and performance, Farrelly nails far more than just Crisp’s wit here.‘ – read the full review at Broadway Baby.

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What happens when a double act gets a third wheel?

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.

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The curse of the dandy: Quentin Crisp, Sebastian Horsley… Julie Burchill?

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.

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5* for Siddhartha, The Musical

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

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Michael Nouri meditates on Siddhartha and peace of mind

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.

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4* review for Outings

‘An intricately woven tapestry of stories that creates a colourful picture of humanity.’ –  read the full review at Broadway Baby

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13 remarkable things you probably don’t know about Quentin Crisp

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.

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With the right director, you’re not entirely alone on a solo show

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.

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Why Edinburgh is like a doner kebab

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?

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5* for Downton from British Theatre Guide

‘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.

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Potted Sherlock’s top six Holmes head-scratchers

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.

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Michael Nouri on Edinburgh, weather and busking

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?

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Lizzie Roper: Why I wanted to play Queen of Spleen Julie Burchill

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?

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What do Quentin Crisp and Patrick Hamilton have in common?

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…

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Seven ways Siddhartha, The Musical is making history

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.

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Michael Nouri on freedom versus captivity and being a citizen of the world

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.

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All our Edfringe shows 241 today and tomorrow!

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?

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Director David Grindley: Why I’m back in Edinburgh after 14 years

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.
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4* from List for Siddhartha

“Utterly mesmerising. Incredibly enjoyable.” The List loved Siddhartha – read their full review here.

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Outings is impressive, says the Observer

‘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.

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4* review for Potted Sherlock

‘I would not hesitate to recommend anyone going along… A tremendous performance!’ – Read the full review at One4Review.com

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4* review for Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

‘Never fails to deliver on witticisms but everything here conspires to make this a success’ – read the full review at The Quotidian Times site.

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Meditation’s all you need

‘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.

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My Festival Highlights Challenge – Day Three

Mark Farrelly and Linda Marlowe after Quentin Crisp at Gilded Balloon

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.

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Outings ‘highly recommended’ by The Guardian

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.

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4* review for Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult

‘Lizzie Roper captures Burchill perfectly.’ Check out the full Quotidian Times review here.

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My Festival Highlights Challenge – Day Two

Michael Nouri with Terri Paddock for Festival Highlights, Edinburgh Fringe 2014

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 »

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List Interview with Potted Sherlock’s Dan Clarkson

Have a read this great interview about the latest Potted show that appears in the new issue of The List.

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My Festival Highlights Challenge – Day One

The Festival Highlights street team led by Julia Bolden (centre) at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe

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.

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Are you up for the Festival Highlights challenge?

ChecklistFor 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)!

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Big Herald feature on Siddhartha, The Musical

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.

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How Quentin Crisp changed my life and inspired a play

Mark Farrelly on the inspiration for Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

Mark Farrelly, writer and star of Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

Mark Farrelly

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’.

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Secrets, solidarity, The Sun and Stephen Fry…

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 »

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Julie Burchill – Now and Then

Tim Fountain’s first play about Julie Burchill premiered in 2002. Why did he want to return to the subject 12 years later?

Tim Fountain

Tim Fountain

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 »

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Why Sherlock is ripe for potting…

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 »

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