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An Actor’s Lament – A Book Fox at the Edinburgh Fringe …

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Photo credit: Laura Donaldson

We interrupt normal service to bring you a shameless, bare-faced plug for one of our own.

We’re as nervous as first-time parents today because  Jay Benedict is at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for most of this month appearing in An Actor’s Lament –  Steven Berkoff’s first new verse play since Decadence in 1981.

It’s a three-hander – featuring Steven Berkoff himself as John, Andrée Bernard as Sarah and Jay as David – and is described as:

… [a] glimpse backstage, lifting the curtain on the bizarre and often hilarious world of theatre. From precious playwrights and dictator directors to the good will (or otherwise) of the critics – a maze of thickets the actor must negotiate before they ever reach the stage.

A comedy about the bizarre lives of actors and the many fights, frustrations – and madnesses – they are prone to.

It previewed  to excellent reviews at the Berkoff Performing Arts Centre at Alton College, the Sinden Theatre in Tenterden and The Maltings in Berwick, so we’re hoping for a palpable hit …

If you’re anywhere near Edinburgh between today and the 20th … it should be well worth the (very reasonable) price of admission.

Tell ’em the Book Foxes sent you …

August 3rd to 20th, Assembly Hall, Main Hall, Edinburgh. (Previews August 1st and 2nd.)
Buy Tickets

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Lament 1


Steven Berkoff talks about An Actor’s Lament in The List.


Review of pre-Edinburgh preview at The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Jay’s Website:

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