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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Big: The Musical review – 80s movie hits wrong notes today by Kate Wyver

Dominion theatre, LondonJay McGuiness and Kimberley Walsh have chemistry in the lead roles but this revival is flat and insipid, and the story’s sexual politics are still a problem For a …

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Monday, September 16, 2019

The Home review – 48-hour show turns residential care into theatre by Kate Wyver

Surrey House, Goldsmiths College, LondonA two-night stay in a simulated care home, recreated with exceptional intricacy, probes the line between care and control I urinate into the cup and …

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Hedda Tesman review – meet Ibsen's heroine, 30 years on by Kate Wyver

Minerva theatre, ChichesterA woman’s withering agency is examined through nostalgia and regret, in Cordelia Lynn’s rewrite of the tragedy Cordelia Lynn’s bleak, modern-day rewrite of H…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Strung out: the afterlife of War Horse's Joey and other puppet stars by Kate Wyver

When the curtain falls on a marionette’s show, they’re put out to pasture, given a facelift – or turned into burglar deterrents ‘This thing is alive, this thing is alive, this thing …

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

'Surprisingly cruel': does Fleabag still work as a stage show? by Hannah J Davies, Laura Snapes and Kate Wyver

Six years after its debut, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s monologue is back in the theatre after its tearaway success on TV. We sent three millennial critics to watch it Related: Sexy, subversive…

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

15 of the best Edinburgh festival shows now touring by Kate Wyver, Catherine Love, Anna Winter, Brian Logan, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

The festival is over for another year but plenty of its theatre, comedy and dance hits have announced dates around the UK CollapsibleBreffni Holahan gives a searing performance as Essie in M…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Civilisation review – an audacious study of everyday heartbreak by Kate Wyver

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghIn a thrilling piece of theatre, a grieving woman immerses herself in quotidian distractions oblivious to three dancers who invade her space Complex, raw and ins…

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Monday, August 19, 2019

The End review – beautiful duet asks what happens when it's all over by Kate Wyver

Summerhall, EdinburghBert and Nasi’s ramshackle duet explores the end of the world and of their relationship in tender, silly, heart-rending style As doomsday draws near, this impossibly b…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Since U Been Gone review – life-affirming study of grief, gender and friendship by Kate Wyver

Assembly Roxy, EdinburghTeddy Lamb untangles the difficulties of relationships in a bold monologue that is bursting with love The ache of lost time is contained in this delicate monologue gr…

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Hearty review – a ferocious cry for the safety of trans women by Kate Wyver

Summerhall, EdinburghEmma Frankland plays a winged guide to a burning world in this charged and vulnerable piece about fighting for one’s survival This is a play of knives and fireballs. M…

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Working on My Night Moves review – it's hard to find meaning in the dark by Kate Wyver

Summerhall, EdinburghJulia Croft’s performance art piece takes you from the edge of a black hole to the eye of the hurricane in The Wizard of Oz. It’s all very confusing The stars lie by…

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A rum sort of show: Sh!t Theatre turn bad news into art with alcohol by Kate Wyver

Rebecca Biscuit and Louise Mothersole’s latest show started off exploring Brexit, then turned darker. No wonder they hand beer to the audience and down shots on stage To try and win the lo…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Sex education with Ken and Barbie at the Edinburgh fringe by Kate Wyver

A trio of performers – Harry Clayton-Wright, Louise Orwin and Rachel Mars – grapple with sexuality in disarming ways Edinburgh’s collective pulse has been raised over the course of the…

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The Canary and the Crow review – a vibrant schooling in identity issues by Kate Wyver

Roundabout, Summerhall, EdinburghDaniel Ward’s bold autobiographical show for Middle Child Theatre describes life for a working-class black kid at an otherwise posh white grammar school Da…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Styx review – rock'n'roll and memory loss by Kate Wyver

Zoo Southside, EdinburghUsing music, Greek myth and family history to explore dementia, this rousing gig/show is intimate and epic This storytelling concert is a tribute to the power of mus…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Edinburgh festival 2019: the shows we recommend by Brian Logan, Alex Needham, Catherine Love, Michael Billington, Chris Wiegand, Mark Fisher, Anna Winter and Kate Wyver

Plan your schedule with our roundup of top shows, ordered by start time. This page will be updated daily throughout the festival BoutSummerhall, 10.20am, until 25 AugustAn exploration of bro…

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Moot Moot review – an hour of absurdist talk radio filler by Kate Wyver

Summerhall, EdinburghBritish sign language interpretation adds energy to a dreary show in which doppelganger radio hosts mock an echo chamber of debate Grey suits, grey hair, grey static. In…

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Tricky Second Album review – a searing takedown of the fringe from within by Kate Wyver

Pleasance Dome, EdinburghWarping the conventions of theatre, this exhilarating play lays waste to the sky-high expense of the festival of which it is a part At once a love letter and a massi…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

F Off review – all rise for the people vs Mark Zuckerberg by Kate Wyver

Underbelly, Cowgate, EdinburghThe National Youth Theatre’s dynamic and maximalist meditation on social media puts the Facebook CEO on trial – and makes him tap dance In a recent New York…

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Jack Rooke review – eyebrow-raising stories about love, sex and friendship by Kate Wyver

Assembly George Square Gardens, EdinburghIn this intimate show backed by a live harp, the effortlessly charming comedian expounds on platonic, brotherly and romantic love At one end of St P…

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Kate Tempest review – this isn't a gig, it's a reckoning by Kate Wyver

Leith theatre, EdinburghThe performance poet absorbs all of the uncertainty and anger of our times, and pours it into ferocious, apocalyptic music that both wounds and heals Rarely can a roo…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Who Cares review – tear-jerking tales of family role reversals by Kate Wyver

Summerhall, EdinburghTheir script adapted from interviews with young carers, a young trio trade heartbreaking stories of unpaid and unsupported custody of their parents Brutal but beautifull…

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Scottee: Class review – check your privilege, row A by Kate Wyver

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh The unflinching artist skewers prejudice against working-class people as he puts the audience through an uncomfortably abrasive hour of soul-searching This is a deli…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

IvankaPlay review – the Trumps are no laughing matter in limp comedy by Kate Wyver

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghDespite a solid solo performance from McLean Peterson, there’s little funny about the president’s refusal to act on gun control Is Trump not yet beyond satir…

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Lucy McCormick review – caustically candid comedy about history's famous women by Kate Wyver

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghLucy McCormick rips up the rulebook with Post Popular, a hedonistic history lesson that is trashy, volatile ... and honest Utterly indelicate and completely unp…

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Conspiracy review – would-be detectives try to crack the case by Kate Wyver

Underbelly, EdinburghBarrel Organ are on the trail of something in this bewildering piece of devised theatre, but something’s not right My notes are full of question marks. In a retreat fr…

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Collapsible review – a woman desperately seeking herself by Kate Wyver

Assembly Roxy, EdinburghOn display like a bust in a museum, Breffni Holahan is superb in this Beckettian monologue by Margaret Perry Breffni Holahan gives a searing performance as Essie in M…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Southern Belles review – bruising Tennessee Williams queer double bill by Kate Wyver

King’s Head, LondonA tentative tale of lesbian love is unengaging, but the fraught story of a cross-dressing queen and a sailor is shattering and compelling★★☆☆☆/★★★★☆ …

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Chambers review – sets to savour down a culinary rabbit-hole by Kate Wyver

Secret location, LondonBest experienced in a group, this immersive dining experience is exquisitely designed - if the food seems an afterthought As a hairy monster swells towards me in its …

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

'Frankly, it's ridiculous!' Fleabag super-producer Francesca Moody by Kate Wyver

She unleashed Phoebe Waller-Bridge on the Edinburgh fringe. The former actor with the Midas touch tells us her recipe for a hit show ‘We had wine. It was late.” Producer Francesca Moody …

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Wildest dreams: two midsummer nights with Shakespeare's fairies by Kate Wyver

The sun shines on the revels at Shakespeare’s Globe, while cruelty and creepiness rule at Regent’s Park Open Air theatre The modern-dress mechanicals look ready to rave in Sean Holmes’…

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