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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Medea review – Adura Onashile exudes awesome authority in bloody tragedy by Mark Fisher

The Hub, Edinburgh Liz Lochhead’s Scots verse spits wit and venom as male power meets female determination with operatic intensity, in this National Theatre of Scotland staging Everybody i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:12AM

Irvine Welsh’s Porno review – coarse and gutsy Trainspotting sequel by Mark Fisher

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Welsh’s band of unruly misfits reunite – 15 years older – in an intense, dark farce that rushes to a conclusion all too soon For all that the characters …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:07AM
Saturday, August 13, 2022

Silkworm review – love under interrogation by Mark Fisher

Assembly Roxy, EdinburghA Nigerian couple seeking asylum on the grounds of sexual persecution are put to the test as the government’s probing questions seep into the cracks of their relati…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:07AM

The Great Almighty Gill review – a thoughtful, funny farewell by Mark Fisher

Assembly George Square, EdinburghDaniel Hoffmann-Gill restages his father’s funeral to give his eulogy the audience it deserves in this tender, honest show I write as someone who got a lau…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:07AM
Friday, August 12, 2022

Under Another Sky review – romcom seeks out the Romans in Britain by Mark Fisher

Pitlochry Festival theatreDavid Greig’s two-hander adapted from Charlotte Higgins’s nonfiction book about our ancient past is a sweet meander There can’t be many plays in which the emo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:55AM

Tim Crouch: Truth’s a Dog Must to Kennel review – virtual King Lear by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghUsing a VR headset and an empty stage, Tim Crouch puts his audience at one remove from the Shakespeare play to comment on the world and theatre itself On the back wall…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:54AM
Thursday, August 11, 2022

Ode to Joy/Wilf review – a double helping of kinky comedy by Mark Fisher

Summerhall/Traverse, EdinburghA pair of fringe plays by James Ley delve into sex parties and mechanophilia, with romance, plenty of wisecracks and a disarming feelgood cheer Who would have t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:33PM

Autopilot review – brain-teasing drama full of sharp turns by Mark Fisher

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghPlaywright Ben Norris takes the ethical problems with self-driving cars as a metaphor for human uncertainty As we freewheel into the era of the self-driving car…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:03PM

Cassie Workman: Aberdeen review – a voyage around Kurt Cobain by Mark Fisher

Just the Tonic Nucleus, EdinburghExploring the late Nirvana star’s life and death, Workman delivers a darkly beautiful hour of spoken word Kurt Cobain did not die a poetic death, says Cass…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:37AM

She Wolf review – one-woman show unleashes beast within by Mark Fisher

Assembly Roxy, EdinburghIsla Cowan stars in her own play about a young professional driven by callous men and unequal status to bare her fangs Fight, flight or freeze. Those are our response…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:37AM
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Age Is a Feeling review – an astonishing dive into the future by Mark Fisher

Summerhall, EdinburghHaley McGee performs a funny and wistful solo show that chronicles turning 25 and explores the decades ahead How did Haley McGee grow so wise? You would expect a solo fr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03PM

Counting and Cracking review – an absorbing Sri Lankan family odyssey by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghThis epic drama charts characters from Colombo in the 50s, through the civil war, before settling in Sydney Two young lovers are considering the future after meeting a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:43AM

Boy review – gripping true story of gender identity by Mark Fisher

Summerhall, EdinburghThe impact of a divisive nature v nurture experiment on a pair of twins is the subject of Carly Wijs’s captivating production It is the normality of it all that strike…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:07AM
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

A Sudden Violent Burst of Rain review – a resonant refugee fable by Mark Fisher

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghCold reality intrudes on this modern-day story of emigration set in a mythical land as a stressed single mum battles bureaucracy How to dramatise the refuge…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:07PM

Manic Street Creature review – gorgeous tunes and dark times in heartfelt gig theatre by Mark Fisher

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghThis semi-autobiographical tale about the impact of a damaging relationship is empathic and impassioned At first, you think this piece of gig theatre is mor…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:07PM
Monday, August 8, 2022

One of Two review – testimony of twins living with cerebral palsy by Mark Fisher

Summerhall, EdinburghCompelling one-man play looks at the lack of understanding faced by children with a disability and makes a persuasive plea for change The real drama of Jack Hunter’s o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03PM

Psychodrama review – Hitchcock thriller prompts tale of acting and abuse by Mark Fisher

Traverse, EdinburghEmily Bruni stars as a mid-career actor who thinks she’s landed a dream role in a stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho There is a theme emerging on this year…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:48PM

Exodus review – home secretary launches leadership bid in satirical farce by Mark Fisher

Traverse, EdinburghUma Nada-Rajah’s farce about an MP using intolerance as her ticket to the top job is very timely, but feebly plotted It is with remarkable prescience that Uma Nada-Rajah…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:07AM
Sunday, August 7, 2022

Every Word Was Once an Animal review – this is head-spinning theatre by Mark Fisher

Zoo Southside, EdinburghOntroerend Goed’s new show is funny, self-referential and confusing in equal parts This is not the start of the review. The start will come later. This bit is to gr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42PM

Bogeyman review – Haiti and the price of revolution by Mark Fisher

Pleasance Dome, EdinburghThe first country to abolish slavery has been demonised and minimised, as Emily Aboud’s alternately fascinating and frustrating play reveals “Europe has erased t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:37PM

Burn review – Alan Cumming is extraordinary as Scotland’s rockstar poet by Mark Fisher

King’s theatre, EdinburghCummings’ daring evocation in movement of the life of Robert Burns goes way beyond the biscuit-tin “And still my motto is: I dare,” says Alan Cumming at the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:07AM
Saturday, August 6, 2022

Svengali review – absorbing gender-swap power play by Mark Fisher

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghChloe-Ann Tylor is excellent as a monstrous male tennis coach in Eve Nicol’s drama examining control and manipulation How do you represent male power on stag…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:24AM

Happy Meal review – romance blooms online and IRL by Mark Fisher

Traverse, EdinburghTabby Lamb’s delightful two-hander is both a sweet comedy and an astute exploration of digital relationships and gender identity Is it coincidence that the increasing ac…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:07AM
Friday, August 5, 2022

Hamlet review – Ian McKellen holds court in a dumb-ballet take on the Bard by Mark Fisher

Ashton Hall, St Stephens, EdinburghMcKellen is the only speaker in Peter Schaufuss’s eccentric but witless adaptation of Hamlet as narrative ballet Might we be missing some of Hamlet’s a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12PM

Nightlands review – talking through what’s become of Russia by Mark Fisher

Summerhall, EdinburghTwo caretakers at an abandoned Soviet research base in the Arctic debate their unease at the country’s present and what became of the USSR Who exactly is the enemy cur…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:24AM
Thursday, August 4, 2022

Today I Killed My Very First Bird review – a gangster’s life laid bare by Mark Fisher

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh In an atmospheric staging, with poetic dialogue, Jason Brownlee sketches the cruel twists of a violent and abusive London childhood According to the villain pl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:07AM

Guide to Surviving Masculinist Territory review – walking tour of misogyny by Mark Fisher

Summerhall, EdinburghAudio drama follows the grim decline of an incel, drawing lines between everyday aggression and appalling hate crime We’re standing with our thoughts on Edinburgh’s …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:54AM
Friday, July 29, 2022

Little Women reviews – twice the delight for fans of Louisa May Alcott’s enduring novel by Mark Fisher

Separate adaptations in Chester and Pitlochry see one faithful to the original, while the other is boldly set 50 years later and on a different continent It has turned into a summer of Littl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:07AM
Monday, July 25, 2022

Stig of the Dump review – rambling staging of the kids’ classic by Mark Fisher

Grosvenor Park open air theatre, ChesterThere is a fresh twist in this adaptation of Clive King’s book but its important message is bogged down in a long-winded production Jessica Swale fi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:03AM

Romeo and Juliet review – a fierce and physical attraction by Mark Fisher

Grosvenor Park Open Air theatre, ChesterThe friskiness of title characters Samuel Awoyo and Joëlle Brabban is matched by the punchy assurance of their delivery Juliet is on her balcony in a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:18AM
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

The Stamping Ground review – windswept romance set to the music of Runrig by Mark Fisher

Eden Court, InvernessTensions run high and relationships are tested in this poetic tale of love, community – and the threat of final orders Turns out the qualities that made Runrig one of …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:37AM

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