Thursday, August 22, 2019

Beep Boop review at Assembly George Square Studios, Edinburgh – ‘slick but slightly repetitive’ by Fergus Morgan

Beep boop. That’s the noise of the phone in your pocket, or the iPad in your bag, or the laptop on your

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The 18 best shows of Edinburgh Fringe 2019 – our critics pick the standout work at this year’s festival by The Stage

As this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe draws to a close, The Stage’s team of reviewers pick their favourite productions… Tim Bano The

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Campaigners rebuff government claims that GCSE arts uptake is on the rise by Georgia Snow

Creative education campaigners have cautioned against the government’s claims that arts subjects are on the rise at GCSE, arguing that a spike

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Entertainment unions express ‘deep concern’ at arts journalism decline by Giverny Masso

Entertainment unions have jointly written an open letter expressing “deep concern” at the decline in arts journalism and the impact this will

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Macbeth review at C South, Edinburgh – ‘an extraordinary physical performance’ by Natasha Tripney

Korean company Cho-in Theatre has condensed Macbeth to an intense hour of solo theatre performed by a female and male actor, Lee

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Love (Watching Madness) review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘moving and nuanced’ by Natasha Tripney

It can be draining, caring for someone with a mental health condition; it can consume you. Isabelle Kabban’s jagged and fragmented play

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Where to Belong review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘moving contemplation on what makes a place home’ by Francesca Peschier

Victor Esses is on Facetime, guiding his mother around her childhood home via his phone. He talks us through the Lebanon flat

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Katie Arnstein: The industry must take a stand against unacceptable casting breakdowns by Katie Arnstein

Words are important, powerful and, if used carelessly, can create one of the most ridiculous casting calls in modern memory. As a

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West End Producer – Free Willy review at Assembly Checkpoint, Edinburgh – ‘insightful and entertaining’ by Paul Vale

The audition process can be one of the most raw and uncompromising components of an actor’s life, laced with stiff competition and

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Too Pretty to Punch review at Zoo Southside, Edinburgh – ‘innovative mix of poetry and projection’ by Francesca Peschier

There is one proven way as a transgender individual to significantly lower your risk of hate crime, explains Edalia Day – be

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Inflatable Space review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘moments of ingenuity and wonder’ by Natasha Tripney

There is a huge inflatable doughnut in the middle of the stage. It dominates the space. US theatremaker Thaddeus Phillips uses this

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Gecko set to move into purpose-built facility in Ipswich by Giverny Masso

Plans have been revealed for a new “world-class” theatremaking space in Ipswich, which will be home to physical theatre company Gecko. If

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Casting announced for RSC’s The Boy in the Dress by Georgia Snow

Rufus Hound is to star in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s stage adaptation of The Boy in the Dress. Irvine Iqbal, Natasha Lewis

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James Graham’s Quiz to be adapted for TV by Georgia Snow

James Graham’s play Quiz, about the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire cheating scandal, is being adapted for television. Quiz opened at

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Blizzard review at Assembly Hall, Edinburgh – ‘unapologetically entertaining’ by Francesca Peschier

You’ll be hard pushed to find a circus gang with more technical gymnastic ability and joie de vivre than Flip Fabrique. Blizzard

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The Weatherman review at Park Theatre, London – ‘spotlights a seedy side of society’ by Joe Holyoake

There’s a certain point at which two single men living in a houseshare crosses the line from chummy to tragic – let’s

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Breaking the Waves review at King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘troubling opera based on Lars von Trier’s film’ by George Hall

Lars von Trier’s 1996 film Breaking the Waves remains a controversial work. The narrative, and in particular its treatment of the central

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Looping: Scotland Overdub review at Zoo Southside, Edinburgh – ‘a vibrant fusion of Brazilian and Scottish festivities’ by Susie Browning

A chain of fairy lights twinkles above a dark hazy room.  Dressed in colourful silk and splashes of paint, bodies appear and

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Purposeless Movements review at the Studio, Edinburgh – ‘touching and thought-provoking’ by Susie Browning

After a successful run in 2016, Birds of Paradise Theatre Company has returned to the city for this year’s Edinburgh International Festival.

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Richard Jordan: Why the fringe has become a Mecca for reality stars and former celebrities by Richard Jordan

“Nice to see you to see you…nice,” Frank Skinner says as he opens his comedy set at the Edinburgh Fringe. “Well, it’s

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Lyn Gardner: New showcase could demand more of the festival and help shape its future development by Freelance

So, Arts Council England has indeed grasped the nettle of providing financial support for English companies who want to come to the

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Theatremaker Steven Atkinson: The whole team should share in the spoils of a hit show by Steven Atkinson

Fringe work picked up for film and TV can prove lucrative for the writer, but what about everyone else? Theatremaker Steven Atkinson

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First black British women nominated in Edinburgh Comedy Awards by Giverny Masso

The nominees have been announced for this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards, which see London Hughes become the first black British woman to

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Children’s puppet theatre to open in former Hampstead pottery studio by Georgia Snow

A former pottery in north London is to be transformed into a children’s puppet theatre and bookshop after plans for the scheme

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Campaigners hope to bring Liverpool’s ‘at risk’ Garston Empire back into use by Giverny Masso

A new campaign group has been set up to bring the at risk Garston Empire in Liverpool back into use as an

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Relationship between animals and performance to be studied in £250k research project by Georgia Snow

The relationship between performance and animals is to be explored by a theatre academic from the University of Surrey, who has been

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Caccia Lontana review at Bridewell Theatre, London – ‘little drama, though the music is undeniably lyrical’ by George Hall

Opera in the City Festival opens its third season with what must be a UK premiere, and a great rarity anywhere: a

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The Professor review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘softly spoken satire of fake news’ by Paul Vale

There has been a change to the advertised lecture today and the professor seems more than usually enthusiastic to explain why. He

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Can’t make money at the fringe? Chin up! No, really by Tabard

It’s an unwritten rule at the Edinburgh Fringe, that, whatever you do, don’t mention ‘the M word’. No, not that – don’t

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Kill the Princess review at Heroes at The SpiegelYurt, Edinburgh – ‘exuberant, with moments of brilliance’ by Francesca Peschier

Bait Theatre is going to Kill the Princess inside us all. Tired of society selling us false fairy tale endings, it’s decided

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Hollywood star Christian Slater at the Edinburgh Fringe – 15 years ago in The Stage by The Stage

August 26, 2004: We reviewed the troubled and somewhat delayed opening of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – featuring Hollywood star

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