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Published on Monday, 01 July 2013


Pleasance Courtyard (venue website)
31 Jul, 1-12, 14-26 Aug, 7:10pm-8:00pm

 Recommended for age 12+ only.

For today’s preview we’ve picked out a brand-new play, based on an intriguing real-life story and from a company that’s impressed us in the past. Kubrick³ – pronounced “Kubrick Cubed”, we assume – tells the tale of London travel agent Alan Conway, who for a few bizarre years in the 1990’s convinced some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry that he was the reclusive film director Stanley Kubrick.

It’s a welcome return to the Edinburgh Fringe by London-based PIT Theatre, who earned an enthusiastic five stars from us for their 2009 hit A Stroke Of Genius. They’ve been quiet since then, but we hope they’ve kept hold of their visually-arresting, slickly-choreographed style; and with pre-show publicity promising a “frenetic, funny, absurd” true story, this tale could be a lot of fun in the telling.

Conway’s life also has its darker side – he died a recovering alcoholic, penniless and alone – so we hope that Kubrick³ will prove thought-provoking, too. It’s always risky to recommend a previously-untested play… but with its fascinating concept and an impeccable pedigree, it’s surely worth taking a punt on this one.

Clockwork Orange image: David Pelham

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