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Verdict: Tasteless, Filthy, Very Very Funny
C Venues, Edinburgh, August 2002
There's a defining moment in the show when Dan Fox supports the national flag from an unusual part of his body. NewsRevue at its best - politics and knob gags.
(I guess he uses a prop. Or it's method acting carried to extremity.)
NewsRevue's a kind of Spitting Image with actors, a comedy romp through the news, with great songs, great dance, breathtaking performances and fine direction. If you're a regular, you'll be there. If you're new to the show (which also runs, fresh and up to date, weekly in London), don't miss it.
Content varies to keep up to date, on this night targets included the Queen, King Herod, trains, Tracy Emin, President Milosovic, education, Euan Blair, Star Wars, Kate Winslett's breasts, Stephen Hawking, Sven, Mrs T, Jade, football hooligans, Michael Schumacher, Stephen Byers, Gerry Adams, Ian Paisley, President Bush v Iraq, Robbie Williams, Chancellor Hitler, Premier Sharon, Jamie Oliver, the Queen Mother, Posh and Becks.
There's tight, witty, direction from Odette Abbott, responsible for a blinding run of NewsRevue in London in January. Technical Director Jake Wiltshire handles the fast lighting and effects for the show with assurance and panache. Musical Director Chad Lelong plays inspired piano, with perceptive arrangements of songs that sound familiar but have new and often filthy words.
The fine ensemble cast is - Iain Davie, Dan Fox (formerly Taylor), Bea Holland and Samantha Sanns. Davie gives great Hitler (and Prince Philip). Holland's better at the Queen than the Queen. Once you've seen Sanns do Winslett's (sadly fake) breasts, you'll never watch Titanic with a straight face again. And as for Fox's big part in the flag - can he keep it up for the whole run?
NewsRevue is written by a team of about 30 writers. Those sampled in the Edinburgh run include: Odette Abbott, Stephen Bessant, Marc Blakewill, Patrick Bland, Tom Bodell, Chris Bryant, Noel Christopher, John Cowan, Terry Franks Newman, James Harris, John Hodiak, Rupert Keenlyside, Matt Malone, Alun Maxwell, Frances May, Simon Ounsworth, John Random, Colin Stutt, Mike Tier, Tanya Tier, Ron Winkworth and others.
Producer - Emma Taylor
reviewed Friday 2 August 02 / C Venues
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