Edinburgh Fringe Festival Review: Yuriko Kotani At Pleasance Courtyard – The Attic

As someone who struggles to tell a joke in their native language, I feel entirely under-qualified to pass judgement on the whip-smart comedy of Yuriko Kotani. A resident of the UK for 15 years now after emigrating from Japan, Kotani has a veritable treasure trove of anecdotes and culture clashes to draw upon in her [...]

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Preview: Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 – Comedy

Once more, the great and good of the arts world will descend on Edinburgh for the world-renowned Fringe Festival this August. With around 4,000 shows and countless more performers descending upon the city between July 31 and August 26, OnTheBeat will do its best to highlight the standouts from this year's selection. For 2019, we [...]

Review: Cuzco at Theatre 503 28/01/2019

A rarity in penetrating the rather inward-looking British theatre programme and even rarer still in translating from Spanish to English with such coherence and fluidity, Victor Sanchez Rodriguez's Cuzco offers a welcome signpost for foreign theatre on the English stage. Depicting the gradual deterioration of a couple's relationship on the Inca Trail, Rodriguez's script and [...]

Review: Open at Vault Festival, 26/01/2019

Produced by Full Diclosure Theatre, directed by Will Maynard and starring married couple Timothy Allsop and Christopher Adams, Open offers an intimate glimpse of modern relationships through the lens of two people living it. Completing a week-long run at London's hidden treasure Vault Festival, the enthralling two-handed play documents the pair's relationship from the first [...]

Review: Thomas at Vault Festival, 26/01/19

As with almost everything coming out of Vault Festival these days, Robbie Curran's heartfelt play 'Thomas' has a pivotal message to share. And, like almost everything coming out of Vault Festival these days, it shares that message in poignant yet understated fashion. Centred on Thomas, a young man with Aspergers syndrome played by Curran, and [...]

Interview: Andre Skeete talks new show Rising and the impact of Cardboard Citizens on his life

The star of Cardboard Citizens' latest play hopes the production can make a positive change and revealed how the theatre company helped him develop as a person and an actor. Andre Skeete is currently starring in Cardboard Citizens' production of Rising by Femi Keeling, which charts the common tale of an offender leaving prison and [...]