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Friday, August 18, 2017

Scribble review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘obfuscated by stilted and irritating devices’ by Anna Winter

Scribble, as the title suggests, is a self-consciously writerly work. It’s an attempt to dramatise the author’s intrusive thoughts – specifically the

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Lady Macbeth: Unsex Me Here review at Dance Base, Edinburgh – ‘elegant and eviscerating physicality’ by Anna Winter

Lady Macbeth doesn’t get the stage time and death scene she deserves; in the play, her apparent suicide is merely reported to

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Room at the Top of the House review at Zoo, Edinburgh – ‘sincere but ultimately shallow’ by Anna Winter

The Room at the Top of the House, by Lincoln University’s graduate company Stand By Theatre, is a sincere but ultimately shallow

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Out review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘powerfully eloquent danced dialogue’ by Anna Winter

Out is a powerfully eloquent danced dialogue about race, gender and sexuality in Caribbean culture by Rachael Young and Dwayne Antony. Movement

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Evocation review at The Space on the Mile, Edinburgh – ‘a faintly ludicrous exercise’ by Anna Winter

Pierrot the clown’s chalky face gazes out from gauzy fabric drapery. In the experimental puppet show Evocation, inspired by work of Symbolist

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The North review at Dance Base, Edinburgh – ‘imaginative dance and dialogue’ by Anna Winter

Dislocation finds a compelling physical language in The North. A pair of female dancers in fuzzy reindeer antlers move with hyper-articulate strangeness

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Whalebone review at The Cellar, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘dynamic, affecting physical theatre’ by Anna Winter

Whalebone is a spirited, sensitive meditation on female bodies and identity, on the personal infirmities and societal scrutiny of the physical self.

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Words and Music review at The Studio, Edinburgh – ‘artful and ambling’ by Anna Winter

In the charming Words and Music, Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed presents himself as a wholly engaging cross between a seer and

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Battacchio review at Zoo Southside, Edinburgh – ‘wackily entertaining’ by Anna Winter

A bawdy picaresque spirit animates Cirk La Putyka’s Batacchio and it makes for a wackily entertaining show. We’re introduced to the proceedings

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tumble Ruck review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘a compelling story, deftly told’ by Anna Winter

In Tumble Tuck, writer-performer Sarah Milton evokes the fraught and chlorine-scented world of competitive swimming. She’s Daisy, an uncertain girl in a

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Coppelia review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘needs a touch of theatrical WD40’ by Anna Winter

Circus company Feathers of Daedalus’ steampunk re-imagining of Coppelia – the classic comic ballet about a clockwork doll and her maniacal maker

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Transit review at Assembly Hall, Edinburgh – ‘stupendously impressive’ by Anna Winter

Transit is an acrobatic tour de force that’s signed, sealed and delivered with joyful aplomb by redoubtable young Canadian company Flip FabriQue.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Gossip review at Zoo Southside, Edinburgh – ‘accomplished but ultimately disappointing’ by Anna Winter

Czech choreographer Lenka Vagnerova’s Gossip starts out with insidious confidence and appeal. A solitary dancer with a fixed grin, white blazer and

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No Show review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘thrilling’ by Anna Winter

An all-female company of circus artists play cleverly with the invocation of spectacle and its denial in the fascinating No Show. Demonstrations

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Party Game review at Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh – ‘meandering, overlong and extremely dull’ by Anna Winter

Despite the trappings of jollity, site-specific show Party Game is an invitation to boredom amongst the bunting. The audience gather inside a

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wild Bore review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘salty and scatological’ by Anna Winter

Wild Bore is an excellent, wayward interrogation and piss-take of theatre criticism – and theatre more generally – by comedians Zoe Coombs

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Arm – Mireille and Mathieu review at Summerhall – ‘absorbing but sometimes annoying’ by Anna Winter

A junk shop yields a few comic gems in Mireille and Mathieu’s Arm, plus some musty jokes that could do with being

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Follow Suit review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘comic and compelling’ by Anna Winter

The banking class’ ability to wreck the economy, blight the lives of others and carry on regardless with their pockets lined is

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Get a Round review at Cairns Lecture Theatre, Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘gutsy, gag-laden show’ by Anna Winter

Shiraz, sick and sweat are some of the main components in Eggs Collective’s rowdy but lovable Get a Round, a three-woman show

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The Shape of the Pain review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘skillful but sombre’ by Anna Winter

How can you articulate the physical experience of pain when it seems beyond the reach of language? How can someone express the

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Flight review at Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘deeply important and innovative’ by Anna Winter

Glaswegian company Vox Motus use miniature models on a revolving diorama to stage Flight, an adaptation of Caroline Brothers’ novel Hinterland. It

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Brutal Cessation review at The Box, Assembly George Square Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘vicious, sad and excellently acted’ by Anna Winter

  Something’s rotten inside The Box and it’s not the watermelon that lurks ominously next to a plastic sheet in Milly Thomas’

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sigma review at Assembly Hall, Edinburgh – ‘juggling embellished with Indian dance’ by Anna Winter

Sigma combines the astonishing skills of two female jugglers from the Gandini company – Kati Yla-Hokkala and Kim Huynh – with the

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Djuki Mala review at George Square Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘Aboriginal take on pop hits’ by Anna Winter

Aboriginal dance troupe Djuki Mala, formerly known as the Chooky Dancers, hail from Elcho Island in Australia’s north outback. They found YouTube

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Friday, August 4, 2017

You’ve Changed review at Summerhall – ‘bold and funny gender identity show’ by Anna Winter

Transgender performer Kate O’Donnell’s wise and witty one-woman show isn’t just about personal change. It asks important questions about the extent to

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Don Quixote review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘superbly danced’ by Anna Winter

Despite the title, the ballet Don Quixote serves up minimal Cervantes picaresque, more an irresistible slab of cod-Catalan romantic romp. Not that

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Tanguera review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘tired and cheesy’ by Anna Winter

It’s been 15 years since Tanguera – the world’s first ‘tango musical’ – strutted its way onto the Buenos Aires stage, bound

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Prurience review at Southbank Centre, London – ‘astute and discomforting’ by Anna Winter

There’s nothing really prurient about Prurience. Christopher Green’s show is a clever and discomforting exploration of consumption – compulsive and conscious –

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review: ETM: Double Down at Sadler’s Wells by Anna Winter

"The tech doesn't detract from the tap": Anna Winter reviews the "strange and subtle" joy that is Dorrance Dance's technologically and technically innovative ETM: Double Down. The post Revie…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Torn Apart (Dissolution) review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘ardently acted’ by Anna Winter

Bj McNeill’s heartfelt drama sees three couples, separated by decades and geography, linked by an accidental pregnancy and a pack of playing

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Voices of the Amazon review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘disappointingly infantile’ by Anna Winter

Voices of the Amazon is a well-intentioned but ultimately shallow dance musical about deforestation in the Amazon. It tells the story of

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