with suburban mundanity and material pointlessness. It’s all very clever and often cuts straight to the marrow, but is overlong. Whatever you do, don’t go expecting the Wacky Sisters; this is more likely to have you crying into the crazy paving than laughing in the aisles. (Paul Dale)

% The Weird Sisters (Fringe) Loveplay, Pleasance Above (Venue 33) 556 6550, until 28 Aug, 5.40pm, f7.50/£8.50 (£6. 50/f7. 50).


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Chilling comedy from the Gothic Horrors

The chilly gloom of The Cave is the perfect venue for this off-kilter thriller which tells the tale of crimes committed by the wily inmates of a

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Set in the 19505, it is dark and, at times, sinister but this is tempered by the humour and witty wordplay which peppers Paul Sellars’ incisive script. The use of stark, atmospheric lighting and imposing black screens (which the five- man cast deftly lift into different positions to indicate a change of setting) effortlessly creates an atmosphere of unease. An intelligent and entertaining foray into the nature of identity. (Dawn Kofie)

Cell G 759 (Fringe) Gothic Horrors, Gilded Balloon (Venue 38) 226 2157, until 28 Aug, 4.30pm, £8 (£7).

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COMEDY - Navelgazmg *‘k‘k Comedy sitcom riddled with death

The Navelgazers, although clearly influenced by The League Of Gentlemen, have crafted a provincial, comedy sitcom that is unique and all their own. Following the family reunion of the Lamberts in Cheadle, North Cheshire, brought about by the death of their great aunt, the main protagonist, school teacher Harry Lambert, is poised to reveal some of the more disturbing family secrets. His brother is adopted, his dad is sleeping with said brother's girlfriend and the other brother has sired children all over the village. How does he know all this? Because he's being visited by a game show host from the future, of course. Surreal and competently played. (Catherine Bromley) Nave/gazing (Fringe) Pleasance (Venue 33) 556 6550, until 28 Aug, 4.30pm, USO/£8.50 (f6.50/£7.50).

THEATRE Island hth Fringe favourites return An old dear is marooned on an island a traffic island that is. Tooled up with essential OAP weaponry (headscarf, trolley and a box full of memories), she is stranded, and it is not until the end that we understand how she got there and why she doesn’t want to leave. Mask and mime are much maligned mediums (mmmm), but Trestle is a company that continually challenges public preconceptions of those art forms and Island is yet another success for them. This is a charming show that gently, but persistently, tugs on your heart-strings. (Viv Franzmann) @ Island (Fringe) Trestle Theatre Company, Pleasance (Venue 33) 556 6550, 24, 26, 28 Aug, 3pm, f 7/[8 (fS/f 6).

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