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Monday, 18 August 2014

ED FRINGE 2014 : Burton : VENUE 35 ★★★★★



The completely ignored fact that Burton, and its partnering alternate show Clown in the Moon, was given an upgraded venue mid festival (due to popular audience demand) is ample praise of the positive reviews given to these two masterful monologues by Welsh actor Rhodri Miles.  From his first few steps into the spotlight, Richard Burton, the forty six year old actor, comes alive on stage, drowning his depression in constant drinking, as he retells the colorful tales of his life. Gwynne Edwards’ tightly treated text, enriched with all the quintessential classic theatrical treats, rages and resonates from deep within the Miles magic. From Rhydyfen to Holywood, from birth to bedded bliss, each memory melts with regret, frustrated at not being able to financially support his whole family and friends. Carefully chosen breaths are guided by guilt, then ditched and drowned by the now, neat, catharsis. The “bravo” at his curtain call is totally deserved and echoes the brilliance of Burton.  ★★★★★

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