Archive for August 12th, 2011


SPID’s Youth Drama – Spookily Topical

Friday, 12 August, 2011

Youth Project with the kids of Kensal House Estate

Team Spirit is the story of council estate teenagers who pull together as a team to overcome the difficulties in our lives. All the young people involved are against the looting and violence on the streets.

Kids from Kensal House put on their show

All the young people involved have been working hard all Summer at their base in the modernist estate of Kensal House, Ladbroke Grove. They are looking forward to touring the show to the West London council estates that inspired it.

For all the depravity of recent events, this project promises to demonstrate the unifying power of sport and community theatre. The young people have thrived on the opportunity to create something positive, whether through writing, acting or producing. They have learned a lot from each other, sharing knowledge of each others’ cultures and of their various neighbourhoods.
The gang culture, gun and knife crime that blights urban teenagers has been well publicised and is now storming the headlines. The problems have eclipsed any mention of solutions – yet in its small way, Team Spirit offers hope.

Thursday 11th August 7:00pm
Dalgarno Community Centre
1 Webb Close, Dalgarno Way, London, W10 5BQ
With support from the Dalgarno Neighbourhood Trust

Saturday 13th August 7:00pm
Chelsea Youth Centre
Blantyre Street, World’s End Estate Chelsea, London, SW10 0EQ

Monday 15th August 7:00pm
Lancaster Youth Centre
128a Lancaster Road, London, W11 1Q


Clare Plested: Vegas, Jesus and Me

Friday, 12 August, 2011

Warm, smiley, open delivery

Edinburgh 11 – Underbelly – 4-28 August 11 – 17:20 (0:45)

Clare Plested (c) Clare Plested 2011

As she walks on stage carrying a box of Pinot Grigio, with a full glass in hand, Clare Plested begins her show introducing herself by a fuller name – Clare Louise Anthony Plested…  full review at

(c) Chandrika Chevli 2011

reviewed Tuesday, 9 August 2011 / Underbelly.Edinburgh, UK

Fringe Report (c) Fringe Report 2002-2011


Imran Yusuf – Bring The Thunder

Friday, 12 August, 2011

Embracing shortcomings, pursuing dreams

Edinburgh 11 – Pleasance Courtyard – 3-28 August 11 – 19:00 (1:00)

Imran Yusuf takes to the stage seeming full of good cheer and relaxed. He says that the show is trying to convey the message that everyone should be proud of shortcomings: for example, he is skinny… full review at

(c) Chandrika Chevli 2011

reviewed on Tuesday 9 August 2011 / Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, UK


Rich Fulcher – Tiny Acts of Rebellion

Friday, 12 August, 2011

Bizarre, incredibly funny stuff

Edinburgh 11 – Gilded Balloon Teviot – 3-28 Aug 11 – 20:30 (1:00)

American character-based comic Rich Fulcher comes on stage, his already sweaty face complimented by an ill-fitting suit and putrid coloured tie, to present an hour’s illumination into the world of Tiny Acts of Rebellion by guest lecturer Professor Fulcher. It’s complete with visual aides courtesy of a somewhat temperamental projector screen and help from an elfin-eared, slightly disconcerting glamorous assistant (Arnab Chanda).  Sound weird? It is… full review at

(c) Emma MacLennan 2011

reviewed Monday 8 August 2011 / Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh, UK


Parris and Dowler: Special Delivery

Friday, 12 August, 2011

Comedy better together than apart

Edinburgh 11 – Bar 50, Smart City Café, Cowgate – 6-27 August 2011 – 15:30 (0:45)

Max Dowler and Rachel Parris start the show with deadpan insistence that they are not a double act.  Max Dowler’s main focus is those celebrities a typical television viewer would recognise.  Rachel Parris delivers her own brand of musical comedy.  Her vocal abilities are impeccable…full review at

(c) Alexandra Kavanagh 2011

reviewed 2011 / Bar 50, Edinburgh, UK


The Rape of Lucrece

Friday, 12 August, 2011

Electrifying performance, meticulous direction

Edinburgh 11 – Edinburgh, Zoo Southside – 5-28 Aug 11 – 17:15 (1:00)

Solo actor Gerard Logan delivers an electrifying performance of The Rape of Lucrece (1594), a narrative poem by William Shakespeare (1564-1616). Using little more than a white shawl, he recreates each aspect of the poem exquisitely, subtly embodying individual characters with masterful grace… full review at

(c) Emma MacLennan 2011

reviewed Tuesday 9 August 2011 / Zoo Southside, Edinburgh, UK


Matt Green: Too Much Information

Friday, 12 August, 2011

Intelligent, articulate comedy, lacks punch

Edinburgh 11 – Pleasance Courtyard – 3-28 Aug 11 – 20:30 (0:55)

Matt Green delivers a few musings on why God hates comedy and loves rioting and some other topical references and then it’s onto the show proper. He covers a wide range of topics in his fifty-five minute slot, ranging from the weirdest place he’s ever done a gig (a royal palace) to why he doesn’t like Churches (blame Tesco) and his feelings on the Olympics.   Some of it perhaps a bit off-topic from the main theme of his show, but enjoyable nevertheless… full review at

(c) Emma MacLennan 2011

reviewed Wednesday 10 August 2011 / Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, UK