THE approach of another Fringe (my 32nd) fills me equally with delight and loathing.
What could be more exciting than having the world’s biggest explosion of entertainment on your doorstep?
And what could be more disheartening than realising a great deal of the content is just, well, mince.
Despite spending the last few weeks being bombarded with press releases assuring me ‘this show is special’, and having trawled the Fringe programme more often than I care to recall in search of that hidden gem, so far I’ve only come up with nine of the 15 productions needed for the daily ‘Big Review’ slot, a highlight of our Festival 2015 coverage running Monday to Friday, for three weeks from 10 August.
With 3000-odd shows a day, quality is seldom guaranteed. So, for what it’s worth, here are the latest additions to the shows I’ve previously highlighted.
Oh Hello! at the Assembly Hall, finds Charles Hawtrey having run-ins with co-star Kenneth Williams, explaining his disdain of the Carry On producers, and addressing his complex relationship with his senile mother.
Tonight With Donny Stixx, is a solo piece for Sean Michael Verey, himself no stranger to the Capital having filmed the BBC series Pramface, in which he starred, here.
Arguably one of the most controversial plays to come to the Festival this year, An Audience With Jimmy Savile, stars TV impressionist Alistair McGowan. Too soon? Many think so, but that didn’t stop this production picking up good reviews in London. See it at Assembly Studio.
Lightening the mood, The Missing Hancocks, at the Assembly Rooms, recreates the genius of Tony Hancock, while Fringe favourite David Benson returns to the Pleasance in a new satire about London’s Lord Mayor, Boris: World King.
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