For Only an Hour

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (cabaret, lgbt)

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  • Dance Base - Studio 3
  • 19:35
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Phil Sanger
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes, Nudity, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


‘Sanger is one of the most versatile artists on the British stage, as this performance amply demonstrates’ (Dance Europe, 2018). Danced to a hilarious medley of Angela Lansbury, Delia Smith and Bette Midler this one-man romp is a pseudo-glamorous jaunt through pop culture, queer art, childhood dreams and life-changing surgery. It may be entertaining, but it demands a punishing vulnerability of the performer with surprises at every turn. Supported by haunting music by Donna McKevitt, glittering queer garments by Andrew Walker, mentoring by Wendy Houstoun and a unique improvised lighting design by Jen Wren.

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Fabian Galama 114 days ago

In this show you see a experienced dancer with a decent voice and good communication skills. The performance takes you through some moments of his life in the town of B.
It feels like the show is self-directed and although the material is personal and at times emotional for the performer, it stays on stage. Yet, Sanger seems so willing to communicate with us, even-though his face is covered in schminck (and other parts too), he reaches out to the world but stays hidden.
The first dance phrase imbedded already all the moves he had for the show, be it well executed. The rest came from Kate Bush.
He can sing, yes, but as Simon Cowel would say 'its all about song choice’.
The soundtrack was very dated and why was he lip-syncing with that voice he has?
As much as his presence is simpatico, I felt like watching someone taking a bath of self-indulgence. Little of the material seemed to relate to this era, not even in a retro way and therefore it did not reach me personally.
Having said that, a strong moment appears at the end when the performer suddenly ends a dance phrase facing upstage, a dim side light shimmers over his body and somehow that sole image, and the bit that follows, says everything he was trying to express before. That moment made sense to me.
Earlier Sanger asks the audience 'is this what you came for?’ Well, I never want to expect anything, however, I suppose I come for something that feels relevant to me or our context. Maybe that is self-indulgent of me but I paid to see this.
It turns out, I came for that one naked moment in that shimmering light and….you know, it was worth it! Would I spend time writing this review if it wasn’t? probably not.
Please do go and see this show for yourself, catch your moment and as Sanger says:
'spread the love’

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 117 days ago

Without saying a word or moving a muscle, Phil Sanger is already a sight to behold. ...

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Theatre Reviews Design (3/5 stars) 117 days ago

Autobiographical, one man performance piece from Phil Sanger and it encompasses stand-up direct conversations with the audience, pantomime shout-outs, “bolter” which we’re told is “dance without elegance style or technique”, song, dance, costume changes and a fair amount of glitter.

With fabulous lighting from Jen Wren this is clearly a piece of collaboration with the artist. Lighting that matches the shows blocking perfectly! An artist that hits his mark. Quite unusual on the Fringe! It’s very funny, it’s moving, it’s a little disturbing in places, and it doesn’t always make sense.

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 124 days ago

I can guarantee that you aren’t ready for For Only An Hour, the brain- and body- and life- and love- child of dancer Phil Sanger. I don’t know that there’s any art out there that could prepare you. But I can equally guarantee that it is the most creative piece...

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Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 126 days ago

Last year at the Fringe I photographed Phil Sanger's performance of this show and this year I am reviewing it because there is something very real, honest and touching about this piece of work which has drawn me back to watch it again. Mr Sanger describes his life with dialogue,...

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FringeReview 131 days ago

This show is not for the faint hearted. Sanger looks the audience directly in the eye and asks them to listen to his tales of childhood, of adulthood, of joy and of pain. The performance is made up of several stories blended together using movement and music, which features greats...

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