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Friday, August 16, 2019

Morgan and West: Unbelievable Science review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘entrancing’ by Natasha Tripney

Time travelling magicians Morgan and West have branched out this year. Their new show sees them celebrating scientific method in a manner

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Gone Full Havisham review at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh – ‘ambitious and energetic’ by Natasha Tripney

Having been jilted by her fiancé Emily Halloran has retreated to her hotel honeymoon suite. She hasn’t left her room in five

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The Burning review at the Pleasance, Edinburgh – ‘promising but falls flat’ by Natasha Tripney

Incognito Theatre’s new show explores the maligned and marginalised figure of the witch throughout history. Clad in black robes, the four performers

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Oedipus review at King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘devastatingly tense and captivatingly performed’ by Natasha Tripney

The clock is ticking. Robert Icke’s reworking of Sophocles – his first production for Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, performed in Dutch with surtitles

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Landscape (1989) review at Zoo Playground, Edinburgh – ‘meditative piece with mushrooms’ by Natasha Tripney

Some fringe shows are battering rams. They thunder around in gumboots, stamping their feet. Others are more delicate, lace-like and trusting. Emergency

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A Womb of One’s Own review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘amiable but slight play about abortion’ by Natasha Tripney

Theatre company Wonderbox’s debut show is a coming-of-age and a coming-out story in which a young woman at university gets pregnant after

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Resurrecting Bobby Awl review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘potentially fascinating’ by Natasha Tripney

The short life of 19th-century Edinburgh urchin Robert Kirkwood or “Bobby Awl” has long been a subject of fascination for the Scottish

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Sea Sick review at CanadaHub, Edinburgh – ‘eloquent and galvanising’ by Natasha Tripney

According to journalist Alanna Mitchell, if we really want to understand the environmental crisis facing the planet, we need to look to

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Conspiracy review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘intriguing and playful’ by Natasha Tripney

Three people sit at a desk in front of a blown-up version of the iconic, depression-era photograph Lunch Atop a Skyscraper. Something

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Bible John review at the Pleasance, Edinburgh – ‘muddled exploration of true crime’ by Natasha Tripney

There’s no faulting the ambition of Poor Michelle’s new show. It sets out to tell the story of Bible John, the serial

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Mustard review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘poetic monologue about heartbreak and condiments’ by Natasha Tripney

Eva O’Connor’s solo show straddles the line between dramatic monologue and performance art. While clubbing in south London, a young woman meets

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Daddy Drag review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘poignant drag king show about fathers’ by Natasha Tripney

Leyla Josephine swaggers on stage in a dressing gown, vest and pants. With a stubbled chin and padded gut, she’s clad in

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Lung theatre company: ‘The fringe is a space where people believe in theatre’s impact’ by Natasha Tripney

Touring theatre company Lung makes work that blurs the line between art and activism. Co-artistic directors Helen Monks and Matt Woodhead tell

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Monday, August 12, 2019

The Last of the Pelican Daughters review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘moving, devised play’ by Natasha Tripney

On the eve of their late mother’s birthday the Pelican sisters – Joy, Storm, Sage and Maya – return to the family

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Mouthpiece review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘triumphant return for Kieran Hurley’s astute play’ by Natasha Tripney

Kieran Hurley’s play makes a triumphant return to the Traverse for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Premiering in December last year and

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Hitler’s Tasters review at Greenside, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh – ‘slick, smart and unsettling’ by Natasha Tripney

This slick, smart production by New Light Theater Project is rooted in truth. In 1942, a group of 15 young women were

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Roots review at Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘tapestry of folk tales with moments of magic’ by Natasha Tripney

1927’s new show takes the form of a tapestry of folk tales, or “folk jokes” as the company terms them. The style

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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (August 12-18) by Natasha Tripney

Actually – Trafalgar Studios, London Anna Ziegler’s last play in the UK was Photograph 51, starring Nicole Kidman. Her 2017 play about

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Who Is Daniel King review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘quirky comedy feels quite slight’ by Natasha Tripney

Daniel King isn’t satisfied. He’s comfortably off and he’s recently become a father, but he still feels there’s something missing in his

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All of Me review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘astonishing and overwhelming’ by Natasha Tripney

Caroline Horton begins her new show by saying sorry. This is not the show she’d hoped to make. During its creation she

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

My Best Dead Friend review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘warm and charming storytelling’ by Natasha Tripney

Anya Tate-Manning’s charming and gentle storytelling show is about the loss of a friend, but also more generally about the bonds that

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On the Other Hand, We’re Happy review at Roundabout, Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘heavy-handed and unsubtle’ by Natasha Tripney

Adopting a child is a complicated and emotionally testing process, as Daf James’ play for Paines Plough’s Roundabout space makes clear. It’s

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Beach Body Ready review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘buoyant, candid and warmly performed’ by Natasha Tripney

Appropriating the slogan from the infamous ad campaign, The Roaring Girls’ autobiographical show is less an exercise in body positivity, more of

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Daughterhood review at Roundabout, Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘moving and engaging’ by Natasha Tripney

One of the emerging themes in this year’s festival is that of care, both of one’s self and of others. Rachel and

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Patient Gloria review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘cathartic and anarchic’ by Natasha Tripney

In 1965, Gloria Szymanski, a 30-year-old American woman, allowed herself to be filmed while engaged in therapy sessions with three different therapists

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Crocodile Fever review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘gleefully dark and gory comedy’ by Natasha Tripney

Meghan Tyler’s Crocodile Fever is a play of gleeful excess. Set in south Armagh in 1989, it’s a wickedly twisted tale of

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Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum with Expats review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘political theatre at its most raucous’ by Natasha Tripney

Shit Theatre’s Rebecca Biscuit and Louise Mothersole do a very convincing job of suggesting that their work is slapdash and thrown together.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

How Not to Drown review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘insightful true-life account’ by Natasha Tripney

Dritan Kastrati was 11 years old when his parents sent him on a treacherous journey from his home in northern Kosovo across

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Such Filthy F*cks review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘intelligent, nuanced exploration of pornography’ by Natasha Tripney

Luka likes porn. A lot. She watches it at work. She watches so much of it that her boss has started to

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La Reprise Histoire(s) du Theatre (I) review at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘extraordinarily powerful’ by Natasha Tripney

One of the rules of Milo Rau’s manifesto for NTGent states that the goal of theatre is not to depict the world,

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A Table Tennis Play review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘studded with moments of magic’ by Natasha Tripney

Walrus Theatre scored a big Edinburgh Fringe hit with 2015’s Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Sam Steiner’s deft, elegant play about relationships

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