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Monday, August 19, 2019

Typical review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘makes you want to shout at the injustice’ by Tim Bano

It’s not an easy watch, this, especially by the time CCTV footage of Christopher Alder’s death is projected into the room in

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Friday, August 16, 2019

00 review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘strange and playful look at the end of the world’ by Tim Bano

There’s something reassuringly nostalgic about the panic we felt for the millennium bug. Computers thinking it was 1900 was just such a

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Green and Blue review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘profound and politically charged’ by Tim Bano

The two men on stage look identical. Both in police uniforms, with identical moustaches, they stand side by side. The only difference

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Eugene Onegin review at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘Barrie Kosky gets to the heart of the characters’ by Tim Bano

By Barrie Kosky’s standards, his take on Tchaikovsky’s downbeat classic is a restrained affair. It premiered in 2016 at the Komische Oper

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Red Dust Road review at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘sensitive and accessible’ by Tim Bano

One of the many strengths of Scots Makar Jackie Kay’s poetry is its accessibility, and that’s a quality Tanika Gupta borrows in

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Do Our Best review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘bizarre and brilliant’ by Tim Bano

At the age of 30, Sephie is back in the Girl Guides. After three failed attempts she’s finally hoping to get her

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Are We Not Drawn Onward to New ErA review at Zoo Southside, Edinburgh – ‘fascinating palindromic drama’ by Tim Bano

If you can bear to sit through 35 minutes of very testing, very incomprehensible movement and sound, the payoff for Ontroerend Goed’s

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Everything I Do review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘crackling intimacy’ by Tim Bano

In her concept album on stage, Zoe Ní Riordáin uses sound and symbol, rather than story, to create connections with the audience

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Buzz review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘spare and stylish’ by Tim Bano

Johan Harstad’s Norwegian novel, on which this show is based, is all about the deliberate quest to be second best – to

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Drone review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘powerful and strangely revelatory’ by Tim Bano

When Harry Josephine Giles catches the whining drone at the beginning of their multimedia cabaret, it’s like they’re squashing an insect, and

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Baby Reindeer review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘a stunning, intense performance’ by Tim Bano

A woman walks into a bar. It’s not the start of a joke, but the end of Richard Gadd’s comedy career. In

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Henry Box Brown review at Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, Edinburgh – ‘true story of a slave who mailed himself to freedom’ by Tim Bano

The story behind this American musical is fascinating, but the way it’s told is less so. Henry Brown was a slave who

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Romeo and Juliet review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘messy and naff update’ by Tim Bano

Guy Masterson and Nick Hennegan have long form at the Fringe, separately and together. But here, with Masterson as producer and Hennegan

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Islander review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘magical new folk musical’ by Tim Bano

Folklore and myth are brought dizzyingly up to date in Finn Anderson and Stewart Melton’s live-layered musical, using just two voices and

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Mighty review at the Pleasance, Edinburgh – ‘engaging exploration of heightism’ by Tim Bano

It’s never unimportant to have unconscious bias made conscious. In this solo piece, Jack Britton – 5ft 4 3/4in – takes us

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Monday, August 12, 2019

The Accident Did Not Take Place review at the Pleasance, Edinburgh – ‘clever questioning of truth’ by Tim Bano

Alongside Emma, Tilda and John is a different guest performer each day for this thrilling new show from YesYesNoNo. The guest’s job

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Spiegelworld at Edinburgh Fringe: The $5m Las Vegas circus show opening with a fringe tryout by Tim Bano

With its latest offering a raunchy, late-night blend of cabaret and circus, Spiegelworld’s founder tells Tim Bano why Edinburgh Festival Fringe is

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Anguis review at Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh – ‘Quirky debut play by Sheila Atim’ by Tim Bano

Because winning an Olivier award, being cast in the Game of Thrones prequel series, composing incidental music for theatre, dabbling in a

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Appropriate review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘sharp monologue about marriage’ by Tim Bano

Sorcha lives on the west coast of Ireland, she’s wanted to marry Marty since even before the Debs ball – he’s a

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Give Me One Moment in Time review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘thoughtful and subtle exploration of suicide’ by Tim Bano

Doug Crossley has landed the role of Doug Crossley, ‘the part of a lifetime’ he calls it, in this complicated and funny

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If You’re Feeling Sinister review at Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, Edinburgh – ‘odd but charming heist play’ by Tim Bano

From the off, Eve Nicol’s play, based on Belle and Sebastian’s beloved 1996 album, is fiercely sure of what it is. It

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Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation review at the Studio, Edinburgh by Tim Bano

In millenarian movements, when the end comes and when salvation hopefully follows, it will be total, immediate and collective. It is always

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

8:8 review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘intense and strangely moving’ by Tim Bano

One of four Swiss shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Mercimax’s abrupt, intense experience takes us quickly into a stranger’s soul. Eight people

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The Afflicted review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘unsettling deconstruction of true crime’ by Tim Bano

It seems like everyone’s a bit sick of true crime, including this true crime show. On the surface, it’s about the semi-true

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Friendsical review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘completely pointless cash-in’ by Tim Bano

It’s really, really difficult to fathom what this is and why. Stopping in Edinburgh on a UK tour, it claims to be

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Bobby and Amy review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘moving and nostalgic’ by Tim Bano

As well as the fun stuff that the 1990s brought – “He dun a poo! He dun a poo!” one girl squeals

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Theatremaker Tim Crouch: ‘If the system needs dismantling, it must be done incrementally’ by Tim Bano

For nearly two decades, playwright Tim Crouch has brought experimental work to the nation’s biggest stages. As his latest convention-busting piece opens

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Secret River review at King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘raw, powerful storytelling of early British colonisers in Australia’ by Tim Bano

We’re shamefully late to The Secret River in the UK. Kate Grenville’s 2005 novel is a high water mark of Australian literature

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Phoenix review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘a sweet slice of Americana’ by Tim Bano

Like a mirror image of A Star is Born, this one-man musical set in 1960s America follows Ash Phoenix as his hopes

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Friday, August 2, 2019

The Girl on the Train review at Duke of York’s Theatre, London – ‘plodding, dull and unimaginative’ by Tim Bano

Whatever magic made Paula Hawkins’ thriller such a huge success – millions sold, bestseller records smashed – has been stripped away for

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Jenna Russell: ‘It’s been a lovely career, but it could all stop tomorrow’ by Tim Bano

Olivier award-winner Jenna Russell has built an impressive career playing funny, bright, complex women, but at 51 she fears the work could

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