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Friday, August 16, 2019

Edinburgh Fringe 2019 review: How Not to Drown by David Kettle

Autobiographical refugee story feels like a boy's own adventure Urgent, fast-paced, seemingly never pausing for breath, How Not to Drown is a real-life boy’s own adventure, an appeal for c…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Edinburgh International Festival 2019 review: Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation by David Kettle

Messianic devotion and audience complicity in a slippery new work from Tim Crouch It’s the end of the world as we know it. At least according to Miles, scientist turned messiah, who lost …

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Edinburgh Fringe 2019 reviews: Darren McGarvey AKA Loki: Scotland Today / Scottee: Class by David Kettle

Two vicious dissections of class and identity might just leave you reeling Darren McGarvey AKA Loki: Scotland Today The Stand's New Town Theatre ★★★★★   

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Edinburgh International Festival 2019 review: Roots by David Kettle

Captivating and macabre, 1927's new show marks a partial return to their own origins A fat cat who gobbles up everything in sight. A king who tests his wife’s fidelity with increasingly ho…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Edinburgh Fringe 2019 reviews: Sea Sick / Vigil / When the Birds Come by David Kettle

Three contrasting shows tackling climate change and mass extinction Sea Sick CanadaHub ★★★★    She’s not a performer, Alanna Mitchell tells us. She’s a writer and journalis…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Edinburgh Fringe 2019 review: Birth by David Kettle

Ravishing physical theatre on the beginnings of life from Theatre Re Physical theatre company Theatre Re are virtually Fringe royalty these days, with a several-year history of fine shows un…

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Edinburgh Fringe 2019 reviews: Deer Woman / Pathetic Fallacy / Blind Date by David Kettle

Three contrasting shows at CanadaHub tackle racism, climate change and clowning Deer Woman CanadaHub ★★★   

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Edinburgh Fringe 2019 review: Crocodile Fever by David Kettle

Pantomime excess in Meghan Tyler's wild but unconvincing new comedy Chekhov famously pronounced that if you’re going to bring a gun on stage, you’ve got to use it. Is the same true for a…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Edinburgh International Festival 2019 review: La reprise by David Kettle

Intellectual playfulness in Milo Rau's recreation of a gay hate crime Who’d have thought a play about a homophobic hate crime could be so much fun? Well, maybe that’s overstating things …

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Edinburgh Festival 2019 review: Rich Kids - A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran by David Kettle

Confusion reigns in an overly ambitious take on technology, time and climate catastrophe You can’t question Javaad Alipoor’s ambition.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Edinburgh Festival 2019 reviews: Enough / Spliced by David Kettle

Two compelling examinations of femininity and masculinity at the Traverse Theatre Enough ★★★★    Immaculately turned out in winning smiles, navy and nylon, cabin crew Jane and T…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Local Hero, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh - captivating musical with a harder edge by David Kettle

New staging brings the iconic 1983 movie's themes and characters into sharper focus ‘Cult’ is probably an over-used adjective, especially when it comes to movies. But there’s undoubted…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Twelfth Night, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh - a touch too sweet by David Kettle

Psychedelic Shakespeare feels rather too charming for its own good“Well, that was really sweet,” one young audience member in front of me remarked on his way out of Edinburgh’s Lyceum …

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Prisoner, National Theatre review - Peter Brook's latest falls sadly flat by David Kettle

The British master-director settles for vaguely Beckett-inflected bafflementOf the Edinburgh International Festival’s three productions by 2018’s resident company, Paris’s Théâtre de…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Home / The Prisoner by David Kettle

Playful visual trickery and gnomic bafflement at the International Festival Home ★★★★   

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: La maladie de la mort / The End of Eddy by David Kettle

Two striking explorations of sexual identity stop short of grabbing the emotions La maladie de la mort ★★★  Toxic masculinity in all its appalling variety is a hot topic across Edi…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Orpheus / Bottom / Backup by David Kettle

Three intimate storytelling shows at Summerhall offer mixed insights Orpheus ★★★★  

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Nigel Slater's Toast / Status by David Kettle

Two superb - and very different - examinations of what defines our identity Nigel Slater's Toast ★★★★  

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Daughter / Huff / First Snow/Première Neige by David Kettle

Toxic masculinity and reflections on identity at the Fringe's newest venueLaunched just last year to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary, CanadaHub has quickly become one of the…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Underground Railroad Game / On the Exhale by David Kettle

Racial politics and gun culture dissected in two provocative shows at the Traverse Underground Railroad Game ★★★★★ 

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Coriolanus Vanishes / Check Up: Our NHS at 70 / A Sockful of Custard by David Kettle

Cycles of abuse, a health service polemic and a celebration of silliness Coriolanus Vanishes ★★★★ 

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Ulster American / Cold Blood by David Kettle

A brutal assault on liberal values, and exquisite dance/theatre/cinemaUlster American ★★★★★ 

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

What Shadows, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh review - compelling, urgent, unashamedly provocative by David Kettle

Enoch Powell's 'rivers of blood' speech re-examined in flawed but timely playYou’ve got to hand it to David Greig. The artistic director of Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre has …

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Edinburgh Festival 2017 reviews: Meet Me at Dawn / The Shape of the Pain / Wild Bore by David Kettle

Grief, loss, unending pain - and critics talking out of their backsides Meet Me at Dawn ★★★★★

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Edinburgh Fringe 2017 reviews: Pike St / Box Clever / Sugar Baby by David Kettle

Comedy, tragedy and a whole lot more at Paines Plough's pop-up RoundaboutPike St ★★★★

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Edinburgh Festival 2017 review: The Divide by David Kettle

Alan Ayckbourn's vast dystopian fantasy feels cosy rather than alarmingA society that segregates men and women, prescribes what women can learn, read, wear, even which words they can sa…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Edinburgh Fringe 2017 reviews: Adam / Eve / Nassim by David Kettle

Three compelling shows on identity - gender and otherwise - at the Traverse TheatreEve ★★★★Transgender issues are high on the agenda at this year’s Fringe, with the energetic Test…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Edinburgh Festival 2017: Rhinoceros/ Flight by David Kettle

Zinnie Harris's new verison of Ionesco, and Vox Motus take on the subject of migration 

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Charlie Sonata, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh by David Kettle

Well-meaning but uneven comedy bursts at its seams with mismatched themesTime travel, Brit pop, Sleeping Beauty. Classical ballet, the ravages of alcoholism, serial poisoning. There’s plen…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Winter's Tale, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh by David Kettle

A wonder-filled, child's-eye view of Shakespeare from director Max WebsterIn the end, it’s all about Mamillius. It’s he – young son of Leontes of Sicily – who launches director …

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Picnic at Hanging Rock, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh by David Kettle

Terror of the brutal rawness of nature in Malthouse Theatre's masterful stage adaptationWe probably think we know the story. From Peter Weir’s cult 1975 film, or even from the origina…

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