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A mortgage and husband-free Fringe performer (Rousse)

When I spotted academic J at the bus stop, I took the opportunity of checking the rumours that she had left her husband and moved into a flat of her own. She confirmed this, adding that she was almost free … Continue reading

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Roller-skate spectacle for new shop-keepers (Rousse)

As we took our seats in the shabby auditorium, I struggled to remember why we had bought tickets to this show. Perhaps we’d been unsuccessful in seeing the act during the Edinburgh Fringe last year, but instead managed to catch … Continue reading

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Showstopper stuns audience with juggling tricks (Rousse)

The Showstopper performers took comedy musical theatre to a new high with highly sophisticated improvised juggling in their latest show. From our third row seats KMcL, my sister J and I enjoyed it very much. J left early. She would … Continue reading

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Inspired by Bill Hicks (Rousse)

Part of the comedy challenge for the four performers was to include mention of audience members in their sets. Suddenly I was very popular. It wasn’t my contributions to I’m sorry I haven’t a clue that attracted the attention of … Continue reading

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An insider’s view of the Edinburgh Fringe (Rousse)

It was Fringe time in Edinburgh but this year was different because I was now one of the organisers. (I actually resented the extra work as committee secretary, and resolved to resign as soon as I was promoted.) BR and … Continue reading

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Tom Skelton’s one-man show, a dress from Woolworths, Dave Eggers, and icing penguins (Rousse)

Although by mid-September the Edinburgh Fringe was well and truly over, a few acts had stayed in town to try their luck with the locals and last of the summer tourists. Tom Skelton of Racing Minds was still performing his … Continue reading

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Rousse tweets academic Victorian music hall performance

At one of the most bizarre professional events that I had ever attended, my PhD supervisor stood at the microphone and introduced the first act to come on stage. One of my external examiners, dressed like a Victorian music hall … Continue reading

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Sir Sean Connery and Simon Cowell appalled by aging actress’ wig (Rousse)

From the fourth row in the stalls my student party had a very clear view of Sir Sean Connery, Simon Cowell and the rest of the panel on stage. I watched Sir Sean closely when the star performer of the … Continue reading

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Secret double life of world-famous magician (Rousse)

We stood in the queue at the tiny booth. Would we buy the world-famous magician’s standard tour merchandise, or splash out on limited edition signed T shirts at £40 a piece? The staff were keen to sell us the latter, … Continue reading

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