`Jesus is gay' play at Fringe

ORGANISERS OF a controversial play portraying Jesus as gay, which opened to a storm of protest last year in America, expect a better reaction next month when the show makes its European debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Theatre: On the Fringe

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Theatre On the Fringe: The Lost Child On tour n Fourplay Lyric Studio

JUDGED BY its intentions alone, The Lost Child would be declared a must-see. The second in a trilogy of the same name by the David Glass Ensemble, it has grown out of the company's work with street children around the world.

Arts: Doesn't do much, does he?

He's been compared to a bag of spanners. Yet he's done everything, from Titus Andronicus to The Lost World: Jurassic Park. And still we keep looking. And looking. The fact is, Pete Postlethwaite is a terrific actor who gives great face

Theatre: The producer - a Fringe diary

The annual exodus which empties the capital's theatres is already under way as performers and critics - if not the actual audiences - head north for the world's largest arts festival. Yes, Edinburgh is the place to be and this year, thanks to a couple of old mates from university, I'm in the thick of it.

Film: From art house to schlock tactics: that really Hurts

Remember `Kiss of the Spider Woman'? `Body Heat'? James Mottram wonders what an actor like William Hurt - the golden boy of intelligent Eighties film-making - is doing in hokum like `Dark City' and `Lost In Space'

Comedy: Fringe benefits in the capital

When the League of Gentlemen bound on stage with cheesy grins and dinner jackets, the Footlights alarm bells start to ring in your head. But this is just the first of many occasions when the Perrier Award-winning sketch trio of Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith play with your expectations. Things are never as they seem in the twisted world of the League of Gentlemen.

Fringe: Comedy: The Johnny Vegas Show

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Fringe: Comedy: Do You Come Here Often?

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On The Fringe: Domestic blitz

In The People Downstairs (Young Vic Studio), Sara, a dancer who has broken her leg, rides out a winter's convalescence unwillingly listening to the people downstairs. Michael is a t'ai chi-practising, baseball bat- wielding, Canadian heroin addict. Didi is his French lover, who wears a lot of black to match her bruises. "They're either fighting or fucking, I don't know which is worse," says Sara's flatmate Jelly, a black single mother, with more pressing things to worry about. "Treat them like TV," advises Sara's jazz-musician boyfriend, Ben. But the walls between the two houses are paper-thin, and the nightly thuds and screams force themselves into Sara's nightmares about her violent father in Ireland, which are back-projected on to the gauzy wallpaper of Katrina Lindsay's tricksy set. Unlike television, they can't be turned off.

Cricket: `King duck' turns tide against England

New Zealand 390 & 248-9dec England 521 Match drawn: FIRST TEST: Atherton despairs as a winning position is undermined by New Zealand's tenacious tail-enders, Morrison and Astle

Edinburgh Fringe: The Fever, Traverse Theatre Clare Coulter talks for 90 minutes on a black stage and makes you feel both impressed and ashamed. And all without raising her voice. By Adrian Turpin

If there's been a better production on this year's Fringe than Wallace Shawn's The Fever, performed by the Canadian Clare Coulter, then I'll eat my copy of the Communist Manifesto.

Fringe / Dylan Moran Is Indisposed

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