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Monday, August 20, 2018

Games review at Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh – ‘competent but clinical’ by Fergus Morgan

You know what you’re getting with a Henry Naylor play by now. An authoritative voice, a well-researched story, an unapologetically political message,

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The Half Moon Shania review at Zoo Southside, Edinburgh – ‘infectiously exuberant gig-theatre show’ by Fergus Morgan

Burnt Lemon Theatre – freshly minted as a New Diorama Graduate Emerging Company for 2018-19 – is well worth watching, judging by

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European Citizen Popsong review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘sweet, but slight and superficial’ by Fergus Morgan

Multi-disciplinary Belgian theatre-maker Marieke Dermul wants to enter Eurovision 2019 with her European Citizen Popsong – an anthem combining musical influences from

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Freeman review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘harrowing stuff realised with vitality and vibrancy’ by Fergus Morgan

Inspired by the story of William Freeman, the first defendant to plead insanity in a US court, Camilla Whitehill and Strictly Arts’

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The Extinction Event review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘brilliantly bewildering’ by Fergus Morgan

I have no idea what goes on in The Extinction Event. Not a clue. Simon Evans and David Aula – theatre directors

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The Hit review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘intelligent but inaccessible’ by Fergus Morgan

You won’t come across many shows like The Hit, a solo hour of storytelling performed entirely by a puppet. Strangeface’s play takes

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Flies review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘a little bit brilliant’ by Fergus Morgan

Pteronarcophobia. That’s the fear of flies. And it’s what drives this intelligently staged co-production between master storytellers Les Enfants Terribles and family-focused

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War with the Newts review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘always engaging and performed slickly’ by Fergus Morgan

Based on Karel Capek’s 1936 sci-fi novel of the same name, Knaive Theatre’s War with the Newts immerses you in an apocalyptic

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Trojan Horse review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘slick, stylishly fluid show’ by Fergus Morgan

This is vital verbatim theatre. Adapted from more than 200 hours of interviews and reams upon reams of public documents, Lung Theatre’s

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Songlines review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘sensitive and soulful gig theatre’ by Fergus Morgan

Ah, be still my beating heart. Tallulah Brown’s Songlines, co-produced by DugOut Theatre and HighTide, is the kind of quirky teenage love

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Chihuahua review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘commendable degree of ambition’ by Fergus Morgan

There’s a commendable degree of ambition to House of Mirth’s new play Chihuahua, but the execution isn’t there to match it. Phil

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Signals review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘touching, two-handed comedy’ by Fergus Morgan

The National Student Drama Festival is such a potent Petri dish for young companies; it’s galvanising to see so many recent participants

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Valerie review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘Devastatingly raw gig-theatre’ by Fergus Morgan

Oof. Last Tapes Theatre Company’s Valerie hits you like a ton of bricks. It lands an emotional gut-punch so strong it almost

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Hunch review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘fun, intensely physical superhero thriller’ by Fergus Morgan

It takes a while to get your head around Hunch, Kate Kennedy’s intensely physical solo show about the perils of indecision, but

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Maz and Bricks review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘poignant and political’ by Fergus Morgan

Eva O’Connor’s new play – in Edinburgh as part of the Culture Ireland Showcase – attacks that classic crux of contemporary Irish

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Busking It review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘Sweet glimpse into weird world of street music’ by Fergus Morgan

Busking can be a scary business. Just you, your instrument, and an audience that, more often than not, walks past without a

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Dreamland review at Zoo Southside, Edinburgh – ‘slick, stylish but clunky banking thriller’ by Fergus Morgan

Here’s a young company taking on a big subject. Dreamland is the debut show of Hyperdrive Theatre, an outfit formed from East

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Istanbul: You’ll Never Walk Alone review at Zoo Southside – ‘rowdy and raucous comedy’ by Fergus Morgan

Stories don’t come much more dramatic than Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League final win in Istanbul, when they came back from 3-0 down

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Mengele review at Assembly George Square Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘catastrophically ill-conceived’ by Fergus Morgan

Plays should be written about the Holocaust. But not by Philip Wharam and Tim Marriott. It’s a terrible topic that demands sensitivity

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Don’t Kill Your Darlings review at Zoo Charteris, Edinburgh – ‘short, sweet, silly and sensitive’ by Fergus Morgan

Ingvild Haugstad hails from Det Andre Teatret, a Norwegian fringe theatre specialising in improv and absurdist comedy. This short solo piece earned her

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Let’s Inherit the Earth review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘exuberant, absurdist, but aimless’ by Fergus Morgan

Jointly produced by Scottish company Dogstar Theatre and Swedish outfit Profilteatern, Let’s Inherit the Earth offers one of the zanier shows available

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Kin review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘straightforward, sensitive comedy-drama’ by Fergus Morgan

It’s a bit disconcerting to come across a straightforward tragicomic play at the Edinburgh Fringe, but that’s what Max Dickins’ Kin is.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Dining Al Desko review at TheSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh – ‘tame and unsophisticated comedy’ by Fergus Morgan

Work can be incredibly stressful. And if you’d somehow forgotten that during August in Edinburgh, Alastair Curtis’ three-handed comedy Dining Al Desko

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The Search for a Black-Browed Albatross review at Pleasance, Edinburgh – ‘moving show about love and loss’ by Fergus Morgan

Shows don’t come much sweeter than this. The Backpack Ensemble – an emerging company hailing from the University of Lincoln – heaves

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Feed review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘Slick, sinister look at SEO’ by Fergus Morgan

Theatre Temoin has been an Edinburgh Fringe fixture for a while now, and it’s a company unafraid of tackling big issues –

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Lights Over Tesco Car Park review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘wonderfully inventive’ by Fergus Morgan

Poltergeist Theatre – remember the name, because these guys are going places. The Oxford-based collective, one of the New Diorama’s Graduate Emerging

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Leviticus review at Zoo Charteris, Edinburgh – ‘tonally uncertain but eventually exhilarating’ by Fergus Morgan

There’s a lot stuffed into Mandi Riggi’s Leviticus. Probably too much, in truth. It’s presented here by Where Are They Going, a

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Wil Greenway: Either Side of Everything review at Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh – ‘utterly transporting’ by Fergus Morgan

To spend an hour with amiable Australian storyteller Wil Greenway at the Fringe is to escape Edinburgh, to trade the hustle-bustle and

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Electrolyte review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘energetic electronica-filled gig theatre’ by Fergus Morgan

This really is gig theatre. Supported by the Watermill Theatre and Theatr Clwyd, Wildcard – the company behind Erica Murray’s brilliant black

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Square Go review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘Joyously funny school-set two-hander’ by Fergus Morgan

Gary McNair is having a fantastic fringe. After the Cuts, his play about the dismantlement of the NHS, is darkly witty and

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The Political History of Smack and Crack review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘rollickingly entertaining’ by Fergus Morgan

Yes, yes, yes. The Paines Plough Roundabout’s programme this year is exceptional, but there’s nothing better there – maybe nothing better at

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