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are like most stereotypes internationalism of the

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company. than mildly funny. A Their delivery is sober and unresponsive laconieally timed. their afternoon crowd didn't melodrama camp but

reverential. It is

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taking the piss or simply

wallowing with pleasure in

some highly dodgy

material. A man who

enjoys sex with his wife

1 only when he doesn't

know it‘s his wife is not

unusual; the wife who doesn‘t seem to mind is a

bit more difficult to

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i V . farce and this isa production which isoften MINORITIES BIG or memo . “mm‘tg‘a'wae

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help. but they might have become more animated if the performers had taken a few risks with their material. (Sue Wilson) lThe Oppressed Minorities Big Fun Show (Fringe) Meera Syal and Bryan Scott. Counting House (Venue ()6) 226 2151 . until 29 Aug.

I 4.30pm.£5.5(l(£4.5(l).

Cinnabar presents


The Testament of Salome

a drama for actress & dancer

written &

. performed by' Deirdra Morris & .

Wendy Buonaventura

directed by Susannah York &

Penny Cherns

"Intriguing and compelling . . . a highly disciplined, marvellously atmospheric production" - Guardian

"Rich in ideas, fresh in vision, a rare and intimate treat" - The List


28 Themes Alana i i) garages r 3693"

i the Medusa. tattered

} costumes and the intense

' weirdness ofthe cast give

3 the play the quality ofa

hallucination asthey unleash their own peculiar brand of anarchic satire. All the sacred cows— marriage. charity. religion are ruthlessly trampled as the company stampede through the story of Nancy. the only character with any moral sense. her

! manmadcfibrcsandthe l tackincss ofthe British film industry in the 19605, f they offeratop-notch

hour of subtle hum-along entertainment. (Roberta

the Fringe. It doesn‘t rely on silly facial contortions to make well-known songs funny. It doesn't shock you into laughter by singing folk tunes about

bizarre sexual practices. lt ! Mock) marriage. rape and somehow manages l I Draylon Express (Fringe) eventual martyrdom. Thc sophistication despite the l Draylon Underground. black humour is funny

L enough but what really sticks in the mind isthe powerful imagery Jesus in drag on the cross. the

The Pleasance (Venue 33) 556 6550, until 5 Sept (not

ISept). 5.45pm, £5 (£4). company as a ragged

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unsettletheir audience ISND 0iF00|S(Fringe) but few achieve it as well Benchtours. Theatre

topicality of the material. And they are such good singers that they need no accompaniment. Veterans of the London cabaret circuit. Draylon Underground is a tight-knit a cappella quintet of rare quality. llarmonising on subjects as diverse as BBC sexsoap

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