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Sunday, August 18, 2019

‘Simple yet well executed’: PINK HOUSE – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Exploring grief and the impact of trauma on memory and family relationships, Paradigm Lab’s Pink House by Madison Pollack at PQA Venues is somewhat heartbreaking and completely honest.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

‘Likeable & informative’: THUNDERSTRUCK – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Thunderstruck by David Colvin at Assembly Checkpoint is a deeply felt and human tale, whose relationship with its source and inspiration nevertheless makes for some uncertain moments.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

‘Worth any number of over-literal, full cast adaptations’: OF MICE AND MEN – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Of Mice and Men, in the Gilded Balloon Teviot Wine Bar for the full fringe, benefits from one fine performance and one exceptional one.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Ane City review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘promising debut about moving away from home’ by Thom Dibdin

Never go back, they say. Aspiring poet and English Lit student Tay finds out why when she returns home to Dundee for

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‘Every moment is memorable & engaging’: A GAME OF DEATH & CHANCE – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

In A Game of Death and Chance, the National Trust for Scotland’s first ever Fringe show, four characters from the 17th century – and death himself – have occupied an old Edinburgh tene…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Paris de Nuit review at Assembly Hall, Edinburgh – ‘decadent take on traditional circus routines’ by Thom Dibdin

The roots of director and creator Bence Vagi’s most recent Cirque Danse creations are clear in Paris de Nuit, the circus evocation

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Kalakuta Republic review at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘exploration without elucidation’ by Thom Dibdin

Fela Kuti, the revolutionary Nigerian band leader who invented Afrobeat, was imprisoned for his anti-authoritarian music but had a decidedly dodgy attitude

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

My Land review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘darkly brooding acrobatics’ by Thom Dibdin

Bence Vági has honed his circus acrobat troupe to a Zen-like level of movement-through-stillness in this dark and atavistic vision of masculinity

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Dexter and Winter’s Detective Agency review at Roundabout, Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘brisk and satisfying’ by Thom Dibdin

The favourite tropes of kids detective fiction are given a fast-paced workout in Stef O’Driscoll’s cracking take on Nathan Bryon’s script about

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Monday, August 5, 2019

9 review at Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘physically intense choreography’ by Thom Dibdin

The monumental impact of being deaf is explored in Hélène Blackburn’s physically intense choreography for 9, performed by her company Cas Public

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Musicals made in Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

There’s a whopping 27 different offerings made in Edinburgh in this year’s musicals and opera section of the fringe programme.

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

‘Delivered with slickness & a certain panache’: DOWN IT FRESHER! – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Sassy, rude and distinctly scuzzy round the edges, the Anonymous Badger Creative’s production of Down It Fresher! in the Free Fringe is a case of writing what you know about.

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Sparkle review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘heavy-handed show for the over-threes’ by Thom Dibdin

Using her own son’s experiences of being bullied at primary school for wearing dresses and all things glitter, Annie Cusick Wood has

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Edinburgh’s professional theatre companies at the Fringe 2019 by Thom Dibdin

As the fringe continues to grow, so does the input from Edinburgh-based companies. This year there are an unprecedented 93 different productions in the theatre section of the Fringe programm…

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Them! review at Tramway, Glasgow – ‘inventive and stuffed with ideas’ by Thom Dibdin

The classic Cold War era monster movie, Them!, in which humanity is under threat from giant mutant ants, played on people’s fear

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

‘Sort of treat which gives musical theatre a good name’: AMELIE THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Amelie is a slick, clever and hugely appealing production which reveals the heart of the original in a way which the initial Broadway production did not, if the clips of the latter are to be…

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

‘Feels remarkably relevant’: THE SIDESHOW – Edinburgh ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

In the week when moves to regulate Airbnb failed and it was decided to curtain Princess Street Gardens off during commercial gigs, Active Inquiry’s The Sideshow feels remarkably relevant.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

‘It soars in its second half’: HAIR THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Over 50 years on and the Age of Aquarius is still providing a relevant, controversial (in parts) and – eventually – thunderously entertaining piece of musical theatre in Hair.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

‘The heart & soul is caught with sometimes burning intensity’: CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

This touring production of Captain’s Corelli’s Mandolin allows aching heartbreak to overcome any nods to cloying sentimentality.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Edinburgh International Festival facing ‘accelerated decline’ due to planned 10% cut by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh International Festival is facing a 10% cut to its grant from the city council, prompting fears of “accelerated decline”. The planned

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

‘Fun, entertaining & feelgood’: CLUB TROPICANA – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Passports at the ready! It’s time to jet off to the Club Tropicana Hotel in this brand new jukebox musical which is touring the country.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘vibrant storytelling’ by Thom Dibdin

The new show by Wonder Fools tells the story of a group of men from the former mining village of Prestonpans, a

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2019: the winners in full by Thom Dibdin

The Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland took place at the Tramway in Glasgow on June 9. Here are the winners in

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‘Makes us think while making us laugh’: AVENUE Q – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Hilariously insightful, touchingly funny, tunefully sharp and filthily charming, Avenue Q is the street where you laugh.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Biggest ever Edinburgh Fringe programme announced as support for performers is boosted by Thom Dibdin

Support for performers at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe is to be boosted, as the organisation behind it announces its biggest programme

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Scottish government calls cultural visa summit amid concerns over impact on Edinburgh festivals by Thom Dibdin

The Scottish government has announced its intention to hold a summit exploring concerns around the visa difficulties faced by foreign artists performing

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Edinburgh festivals at risk because of “hostile immigration policy” by Thom Dibdin

A “hostile immigration policy” is putting Edinburgh’s festivals at risk, according to MSP Gordon Macdonald. Macdonald, who is the SNP MSP for

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Theatre company Fire Exit closes after 17 years following funding cut by Thom Dibdin

Glasgow-based theatre company Fire Exit is to close permanently after 17 years, due to the loss of its Creative Scotland core funding.

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‘Should you go and see it? I have a strong suspicion that you should’: THE MOUSETRAP – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

The world’s longest-running stage production The Mousetrap returns to Edinburgh to thrill a whole new audience in this classic murder mystery tale at the Playhouse

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Playwright David Harrower launches scholarship in memory of Scottish actor Pauline Knowles by Thom Dibdin

A scholarship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is being launched to commemorate Scottish actor Pauline Knowles, who died suddenly in 2018,

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

‘Hard to beat’: THE DUCHESS [OF MALFI] – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

The blood-soaked events of The Duchess [of Malfi], a co-production between the Lyceum and the Citizens Theatre, are almost unwatchably intense at times. As a depiction of timeless and timely…

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