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Died Blondes: A Review from Cat James

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Joan Ellis’ Platinum Performance The joy and pain of any fringe, whether it’s Ventnor or Edinburgh, starts with a game of chance. No matter how expertly the festival is curated, regardless of how well the poster is designed or how many five star reviews are quoted on the flyer, buying a ticket to a show has a certain element of fringe roulette. Nonetheless, the disappointed faces outside Trinity Hall anxious for ticket returns, suggested that…

Laughter Lines: A Review from The Front Room

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  Anyone of a prudish and nervous disposition should not have been at The Ventnor Arts Club (part of  the Ventnor Fringe Festival) as Donna Jones MBE and Joan Ellis proceeded on a full frontal attack on middle age sensibilities with their engaging show Laughter Lines. Welcome to the mind set of 2 women, who are 45 plus and show no signs of slowing down ever! In the case of Donna Jones, the MBE is…

Doris Dodo’s Elegy Emporium and Olbituary Office

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“Where trees grow is where we are hidden, Ends are seen and endings are written”. Will you find this year’s Secret Venue? Proprietor of the Elegy Emporium and affiliated Olbituary Office, Doris Dodo stocks outstanding obituaries for her ill-fated birds. Run by the illusive Ms. Dodo and staffed by her collection of curious characters, visiting the office is always a memorable experience. Jilted at the altar, Doris Dodo has channeled her unrequited love into a…

5 minutes with Heady Conduct

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Heady Conduct, hello! What a great name for a theatre company, it means Exhilarating Behaviour right? Hopefully you’ll be exhilarated by everything at the fringe this week! What three words would you use to describe your work and the show, Tiresius? Epic, evocative and (from Simon’s point of view playing 8 characters) sweaty. The show is inspired by the Greek Myth of Tiresius who was granted the gift of foresight by Zeus. Where did the…

A Quick Chat With 5 Tales of Love and Madness

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A QUICK CHAT WITH 5 TALES OF LOVE AND MADNESS   Here at Ventnor Fringe we are all about making all types of art and performance accessible to lots of different audiences, and we think you are doing just that with 5 Tales of Love and Madness. You’ve described the show as a “reimagining of the recital for a modern audience” Can you tell us a little more about the show and how it came…