Time Out says
Posted: Thu Jan 31 2013
Intrinsically linked to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Pleasance has an outpost in Islington as well as a home in Edinburgh come August's Fringe fest. While its Edinburgh venues (26 in total) come alive during the summer, the Islington Pleasance plugs away all year round turning out new productions and hosting hot comic talent. Graham Norton, Al Murray, Harry Enfield, Bill Bailey and Harry Hill have all made regular appearances here while comic wannabes are often found trying out new material before heading up north. Theatre productions tend toward the innovative and socially pertinent with mixed results.
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What's on at Pleasance Theatre
The string quartet, who also sing and dance, present a TV-listing-style show covering everything from the news to weather, soap opera and documentaries.
Sketch shows, Big-name talent, Work-in-progress
Brilliantly subtle sketch duo Cardinal Burns – made up of Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns – test out new skits ahead of the second series of their British Comedy Award-winning Channel 4 show.
Solo shows, Character comedy, Physical comedy, Performance art
It’s hardly surprising that lots of audiences are a bit scared of Red Bastard. The New York-based performer might cut a comical figure – an almost amorphously unitarded blob somewhere between a rooster and a tomato – but there’s something of the leering...
- Rating: 3/5
Gothic social realism is not a genre one sees that often. Sylvia Rayman’s 1951 debut – a full five years before John Osborne’s ‘Look Back in Anger’ – is almost Dickensian in flavour. She concocts a stark and uncompromising portrait of an exploited underclass,...