The night of the show I was at the back with a grimace that performers reserve for other performers. Bill started his set with some jokes, which seemed standard, about the fairground, then talked of drugs and cigarettes. If I thought a joke was OK I would nod approval, but not one twitch of joy entered my face. I scowled in the darkness at a man who should have been a comedic comrade. And then Bill told a joke that caught me, and I laughed so hard with delight, clapped my hands and became a fan. In truth, in the space of one gag I had become more than a fan – I had become a zealot. … [Read more...] about The best show I’ve ever seen at Edinburgh: performers and theatre-makers on their festival highlights
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Then came the moment of inspiration from Randall and Lloyd. From the subsequent five-metre scrum, Bristol were awarded a penalty. They scrummaged again and, after a couple of resets, used their forwards to pick and go near the line. John Afoa came within inches of scoring and with a penalty advantage, they went wide, Randall firing a long pass to Piers O’Conor who instantly popped it on to Radradra who was not going to be stopped. … [Read more...] about Brilliant Bristol climb to Premiership summit and inflict back-to-back defeats on Exeter
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