In the dark. damp. echoing chambers ofThe Vaults. Alec Monteath emerges from the shadows as Thomas the thespian. fully robed in Biblical drag. Thomas reveals that he is Christ‘s twin brother and proceeds to give his own account of his siblings rise to fame — having spent 40 years in india trying to get his head together after all the shit that went down about his brother‘s death.
Drawing on some dilettante dabblings with Medieval apocryphal myths and the Dead Sea Scrolls. John Cargill Thompson‘s script only succeeds in reﬂecting the superﬁciality of his engagement with the subject.
The greatest story never told. (Simon Yuill) I The Twin (Fringe) Eyas Theatre. The Vaults (Venue 18) 556 7018. until 4 Sept. noon. £4.50 (£3).
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The seated corridor known as the Gilded Balloon‘s Backstage Theatre doesn't do a one- man monologue a lot of favours. and Hovering would certainly have beneﬁted from the added focus a more suitable space might provide.
As it is, Malcolm Ward's earnest attempts to involve his audience are hindered by a rather formulaic script in which a man recounts his life whilst ostensibly waiting for news of his critically ill wife. There‘s precious little surprise left by the time the tale makes its ﬁnal twist, and one is left pondering the nature of various irrelevances — such as the relationship between the protagonist and the audience. and Fringe promoters weird assertion of the term ‘theatne‘. (Stephen Chester)
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Productions. Gilded Balloon (Venue 38) 226 f 2151. until 4 Sept. 3pm, 3 £5 (£4).
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'lt's tribal. it’s primeval. it's the Glitter Sound.’ And with those words that
sexy. loin-centred. ball- crushing beat bursts forth. Gary is resplendent in Bacofoil. an overstuffed
. turkey in an under-
' tailored suit that’s so tight
3 you can see his giblets. Through the m'als and the traumas — obscurity. fame.
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comebacks — Gary holds
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story of how a man with
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E (Fringe). The Music Box
(Venue 50). 220 4847,
3 until 4 Sept (not 24, 31
' Aug). 4.30pm. £5.50 (£4.50).
Late 19th-century prose writer Guy de Maupassant is the subject of this spirited biography by
his iinal party piece, his way oi still
2151, until 4 Sept, 5.30m, £5 (£4).
punchlines without appearing self-conscious.
Antic Hay. The writer is characterised as an ; obsessed, mother- dominated womaniser. who‘s also given to ripping off the talent of his (so~called) Muse. Honoria. This schema i handily ﬁts the casting requirements. since the personnel comprise three women (mother. angel and whore) and the writer himself who, despite being a continuous presence. remains a curiously marginal ﬁgure. The best parts of the show are the retelling (sometimes with great wit) of Maupassant's stories; the worst are the over-written (and acted) extremes of melodramatic emotion. (Andrew Pulver) I ROI-All (Fringe) Antic Hay. Demarco EAF (Venue 22) 557 0707, until 28 Aug, 3pm. £5.50 (£4.50).
One of those rare birds — a drab title and an engaging play. Carol Wolf’s script seamlessly blends pathos and comedy. which is no easy thing when the setting is Occupied France in World War II (witness ’Allo 'Allo). But it is Ron Campbell's energetic. witty and at times ﬂagrantly silly
performance that lifts this
play above the Fringe mire.
Campbell ﬂits from character to character to character-actor like a mayﬂy on Ecstasy and never loses the audience once. The stories. despite being more obvious than an 'Allo ’Allo punchline. are inﬁnitely more entertaining and the
message (of course, there ! has to be a message) for once adds to rather than i detracts from the piece. A ' genuine class act. (Philip
l I Monsieur Shaherazad i (Fringe) American Wolf. ' Roman Eagle Lodge
. (Venue 21) 225 7995.
i until 4 Sept (not Suns).
f 5.20pm. £4 (£3).
velocrty ﬁnancial banter from the yuppie characters with whom he shares the stage helps create an enjoyably diverting comedy. albeit one with little substance. (Mark Fisher)
I Killing HIM (Fringe) Cambridge Nights, Pleasance (Venue 33) 556 6550. until 4 Sept. 4.30pm, £6 (£5).
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