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Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort of)

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh Five stars 
Isobel McArthur’s audacious and thoroughly (post) modern pop-tastic remix of Jane Austen’s girl-powered rom-com has already cleaned up in terms of audience and critical acclaim. This has been the case both when the Blood of the Young company first brought Paul Brotherston’s breathless production to the Tron in Glasgow in 2018, as well as throughout its current UK tour.
This time out, and with the Lyceum on board as co-producers, the sisterhood has been expanded for McArthur and co.’s turbo-charged pot-pourri of proto-feminist fire and prime-time cork-popping froth. Where before there were five performers play-acting Austen’s dissection of love and life in nineteenth century ballrooms from a servants’ eye view, now there are six. The addition of Felixe Forde to the fold doesn’t in any way demean the quick-fire romp through the romantic merry dance that plays out between ferocious she-punk in waiting Lizzy Bennett and mono-syllabic nice guy toff …
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Andy Robin - An Obituary

Andy Robin – Wrestler
Born August 31, 1935; died December 4, 2019
Andy Robin, who has died aged 84, may have been best known for Hercules, the wrestling bear who he and his former show-jumping champion wife Maggie effectively adopted as a member of the family. Robin was nevertheless a powerful and popular wrestler in his own right, whose trademark power lock became a winning move to be feared. Entering the ring to the sound of Scotland the Brave, sometimes wielding a full size tractor tyre while sporting a kilt, Robin became a local hero, whose pre-Hercules success chimed with the grappling game’s boom years. He made frequent TV appearances on World of Sport’s Saturday afternoon broadcasts that attracted millions of viewers.
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