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A Life With The Beatles

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Ian Sexon as Neil Aspinall | Image:Gary Daniell

Elaine Liner, 'Broadway Baby' ****
Written by Davide Verazzani and translated by Sabrina Macchi, A Life with the Beatles was staged for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 by Edinburgh director Andy Corelli. He’s found a perfect vehicle to drive this one-act in veteran actor Sexon. Mimicking the flat voice of John Lennon, the growl of Ringo Starr, the boyish lilt of Paul McCartney and the posh vowels of George Martin, Sexon singlehandedly populates the stage with a crowd of other characters.

Robert James Peacock, 'TV Bomb' ****
Over forty years after their demise, interesting ways to tell the Beatles’ story are getting thin on the ground. At the point when a professional Beatles historian can produce a 960-page biography of the era before they were famous, what really is left to say? Still, Italian writer Davide Verazzani has found a fruitful and underexplored angle to the tale, and produced a charming little play.

Josie Finlay, 'EdFringe Review' ****
A Life With the Beatles is a one-man show that remains captivating throughout, expertly manipulated by the versatile, lively Sexon. His performance is complete, with an impressive range of accents that are at once convincing and tongue-in-cheek; his impersonations are perfectly pitched, straying neither into the realm of caricature nor of hackneyed homage.

Llewelyn Hopwood, 'EdFringe Review' ****
While this is truly a must-see for the Fringe’s Beatles fans, the way Stella Danzante Productions forges sound-bites with information and observations from a writer who was clearly also a big fan, should put this play on any music nerd’s itinerary. How we are lead through all the intrigues of some of the band’s most famous songs is an eye-opener.

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