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No publicity stunt is too bizarre here. The Malawian dance troupe who perform in Preacherman (see review, page 11) suggested that a goat sacrifice should take place after having two performances at the Botanic Gardens rained off. An acquiescent goat proved difficult to find, however. Meanwhile, the 18-year-old star of the children's show The Little Mermaid thought that handing out leaflets from a fountain on The Mound was an appropriate way of publicising it. A humourless park-keeper thought otherwise and invoked a bye-law against her. Then the comedy management organisation Avalon, unofficial guardians of the circuit, tried to drive a car into the Pleasance courtyard. A publicity drive became a publicity prang when it wouldn't get through the gate. A promenade production of Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber in the Haunted Vaults - which lie on the site of a plague-ridden tenement, boarded up in 1645 with the occupants left inside to die - has been, ahem, plagued by genuinely spooky goings-on. Cases of technical gear have been opened and displaced, without any of the expensive equipment being taken; bunches of keys have moved from one room to another; strange voices have been heard over the crew's radio headsets; an actress playing a dead body in a glass case felt tapping on the outside after the audience had left the room. A dead-cert publicity opportunity for the Assembly Rooms' resident paranormal expert Max Maver, surely, before the company call in a priest.

why are they famous? dannii minogue

Main Claim: Kylie Minogue's younger sister. A theory more likely to irritate our subject could hardly be predicated, but, let's face it, cool customer Kylie is La Minogue. Dannii, after floundering about horribly in the hit parade's shallows, has suddenly emerged with a new single, a new body, a forthcoming album, and a starring role in the New Taste Diet Pepsi ad. Welcome to Britain, er, Dannii.

Pop Genaside II The Gardens, London

Outside The Gardens - a large Irish dance hall in the heart of downtown London SW6 - a serious traffic jam is in progress, a block of flats is on fire and a large football crowd is about to emerge from Stamford Bridge. But compared to what is going on inside the building, Fulham Broadway is a sea of tranquillity. The meeting of shadowy South London underground dance trio Genaside II with the Prince backing troupe previously known as the New Power Generation (NPG) is part genre-busting coup and part monumental cock-up.

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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Murder Ballads (Mute, CD/LP/tape, out Mon). Some records catch your ear or break your heart. This one ties a flex round your neck, fills your skull with bullets and plunges a penknife in your chest. Turning away from his recent introspective material, Nick Cave goes for the jugular with 10 tales from the crypt: all gothic gloom, with some pitch-black humour for added darkness. It's not often you see the word "Aaaaaaaaah!" on a lyric sheet. The Bad Seeds supply impeccable, uncluttered backing, abetted by a spooky P J Harvey on the spine-chillingly lovely "Henry Lee" and a saccharine Kylie Minogue on "Where the Wild Roses Grow". The only problem is that Cave hasn't twisted the repetitive formula of traditional folk ballads far enough. For all the ghoulish fun of the hammy Hammer horror, the stories aren't all that tense or shocking, and the subject matter isn't examined with much insight. Perfect for scaring small children on Hallowe'en, but I'm not sure that you'd want to listen to it more than a few times. If you do, you should be arrested. Nicholas Barber

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Do you have recurring dreams? I do. And the latest is definitely disturbing. I dream I've woken up in the middle of the night to find Jeremy Beadle in a clown's costume crawling under my bed. Then Bruce Forsyth slithers from the gap beneath the chest of drawers and grins that maniacal grin, the drawer above him opens and Noel Edmonds pops out, wearing one of my sweaters. I am poised to scream when, suddenly, wearing one of those painter's smocks and a Cavalier's floppy velvet hat, Keith Chegwin pops his head through the wall beside the top of the curtains and says "Guys, guys, you're doing it all wrong. You're supposed to go behind the wardrobe first, then under the duvet and then under the bed. " This is the point at which I wake up sweating. It's probably a good thing, because Dale Winton is bound to turn up one of these days.

A town called Nookie

The travel writer Bill Bryson roots out quixotic detail like a heat-seeking missile. By Sara Wheeler; Notes From A Small Island Bill Bryson Doubleday, pounds 15.99

BOX-OFFICE CHARTS:FILMS

Woody Allen's 'Bullets over Broadway' tops the London charts for the second week in a row - good news for him after all his recent problems - but is being hard-pressed by 'Don Juan De Marco', starring Marlon Brando (no stranger to problems himself), Faye Dunaway and man-of-the-moment Johnny Depp, a new entry at No 2. The other new entries in the London chart are 'Rob Roy', with Liam Neeson, and 'Streetfighter', starring Jean- Claude Van Damme and Kylie Minogue.

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