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Hard to swallow

Evelyne de la Chenelière and director Davide Chiazzese try to capture some of the rom-com frothy fun, but end up with more than they – or their cast – can chew.

John is Bongile Mantsai and Julie is Hilda Cronje in Mies Julie. The South African-born director Yael Farber sets her adaptation of StrindbergÕs classic Miss Julie in the remote, bleak beauty of the eastern Cape Karoo. Baxter Theatre Centre, South African State Theatre and Assembly.Assembly Hall, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland. UK06/08/2012 © COPYRIGHT PHOTO BY MURDO MACLEODAll Rights ReservedTel + 44 131 669 9659Mobile +44 7831 504 531Email:  m@murdophoto.comSTANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY (press button below or see details at http://www.murdophoto.com/T%26Cs.htmlNo syndication, no redistribution, Murdo Macleods repro fees apply. Commed

This is what great theatre is for

There is an apocryphal story that when Nijinsky came to Paris he desperately wanted to meet Diaghilev. When he finally ran into him at a bistro, Diaghilev told the Russian dancer, “Astonish me.” Nijinsky promptly picked up the fish Diaghilev was eating and slapped the impresario in the face.