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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Secret Life of Humans review – questing history of the species by Lyn Gardner

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghA Tinder date with the grandson of 70s TV scientist Jacob Bronowski prompts a thrilling mystery that asks almost too many big questionsThe mathematician and sci…

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Smartphone extremists and VR scuba-divers: Edinburgh's tech trailblazers by Lyn Gardner

One woman interrogates her personal assistant in Siri, The Believers Are But Brothers brings the war on terror to your mobile, and Frogman conducts an underwater murder investigation via VR …

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Our Carnal Hearts review – hilarious dissection of social envy by Lyn Gardner

Summerhall, EdinburghStructured like a church service, Rachel Mars’ exploration of humanity’s competitive spirit has an added piquancy on the Edinburgh fringeIt is the sticky and spiky h…

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Touch and Sacrifice: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Fleabag director Vicky Jones’s filthily enjoyable play enters its last week at Soho theatre, while Iceland Dance Company takes over Royal Festival Hall1 TouchVicky Jones’s filthily enjoy…

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Education, Education, Education review – 90s school play is smartly entertaining by Lyn Gardner

Pleasance Dome, EdinburghTaking Tony Blair’s mantra as a starting point and using a Spice Girls and Oasis soundtrack, Wardrobe Ensemble’s farce tells us much about the state of teachingI…

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mouthpiece review – bathtub drama pulls the plug on everyday sexism by Lyn Gardner

CanadaHub at King’s Hall, Edinburgh Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava play one woman, sometimes at war with each other and sometimes in harmony, in a beautifully performed showA woman strugg…

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Palmyra review – smashing fable about power, ego and war by Lyn Gardner

Summerhall, EdinburghThe duo who created Eurohouse shift from comic to tragic in a brilliant piece that reflects on Syria and the breakdown of relationshipsThe woman beside me in the audienc…

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An Indiana Jones spoof and the destruction of Palmyra – the best shows at the 2017 fringe by Lyn Gardner and Brian Logan

Six of the best from Edinburgh including Mat Ewins’ barrage of one-liners, a German teacher placement at a secondary school and a transgender journey Pleasance Courtyard Building on the su…

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Javaad Alipoor: 'The response to radicalism is to shut down debate for young people' by Lyn Gardner

In his ambitious Edinburgh show The Believers Are But Brothers, Alipoor invites audiences to experience the world of young disaffected men onlineJavaad Alipoor is interweaving a series of st…

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Edinburgh festival shows examine mental health – with sticky tape and silliness by Lyn Gardner

After the recent fringe hits Every Brilliant Thing and Fake It ’Til You Make It, a new crop of theatre productions are taking startling approaches to exploring mental illnessAt the 2014 Ed…

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Lyn Gardner: Edinburgh Fringe is brutal, but offers artists opportunities hard to find elsewhere by Lyn Gardner

We all know that the Edinburgh Fringe can be a brutal place. We all know that it’s not a level playing field

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Performers/Creatives reviews – Irvine Welsh's two plays are exercises in tedium by Lyn Gardner

Assembly Rooms; Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghHad they not had Welsh’s name attached, these tired, clumsy and slackly directed works would surely never have seen the light of dayNot so muc…

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Much Ado About Nothing and Blak Whyte Gray: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Shakespeare’s play gets a Mexican makeover in Matthew Dunster’s revival, while Boy Blue Entertainment explores images of freedom in a turbulent world1 Much Ado About NothingShakespeare…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Meow Meow's Little Mermaid review – cabaret star's sly, sequinned sendup by Lyn Gardner

The Hub, EdinburghThe Australian diva’s enjoyable tongue-in-cheek evening uses blow-up dolls and double entendres to deliciously subvert the fairytale of enduring loveUnder Fergus Linehan,…

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Tales of transformation: transgender plays at Edinburgh festival by Lyn Gardner

A new wave of pioneers at the fringe are telling their stories of mental and physical journeys with honesty, passion, wit and a peep-show vaginaBack in the 1970s and 80s, in the early days o…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Nassim review – language and life lessons from a vivid Iranian voice by Lyn Gardner

Traverse, EdinburghA different actor performs each night in Nassim Soleimanpour’s audacious new play that explores the freedom and limitation of languageWhen we go to another country, what…

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Edinburgh festival 2017: the shows we recommend by Lyn Gardner and Brian Logan

Plan your viewing with our list of top shows, ordered by start time. This page will be updated throughout the festival Continue reading...

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Cosmic Scallies review – oddball friends seek hope in Skelmersdale by Lyn Gardner

Northern Stage at Summerhall, EdinburghAn unloved new town reunites old friends in Jackie Hagen’s two-hander, lifted by the performances of Reuben Johnson and Rachel DenningThe disabled-le…

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The Shape of the Pain review – kaleidoscopic exercise in empathy by Lyn Gardner

Summerhall, EdinburghA winning performance amid exhilarating sound and lighting gives universal resonance to this account of the director’s rare conditionIs it possible for us to understan…

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Lyn Gardner: The fringe can be a lonely place, so let’s look out for each other by Lyn Gardner

This week, the first full week of the fringe, Edinburgh is still one of the most optimistic places on earth. Even if

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Martin Creed's Words and Music review – an impish evening of artistic musing by Lyn Gardner

The Studio, Edinburgh The Turner prize-winner improvises with a mic and guitar in an endearing, exposing show full of ticklish humourA few years ago, the Turner prize-winner Martin Creed was…

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Letters to Morrissey review – this charming fan's teenage tribute by Lyn Gardner

Traverse, EdinburghGary McNair’s play about a lonely misfit’s one-sided correspondence with the Smiths frontman makes for a touching hour‘This isn’t fan mail, it’s correspondence,…

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Salt review – one-woman show retraces the transatlantic slave route by Lyn Gardner

Northern Stage at Summerhall, EdinburghSelina Thompson uses a light touch and humour to leaven anger and grief, as she brings past traumas palpably up to dateTim Etchells of the experimental…

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Jesus Christ Superstar and Tero Saarinen: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

One of the unexpected pleasures of last summer returns to Regent’s Park, while the Finnish choreographer addresses masculinity and brutality1 The Flying Lovers of VitebskWhat is the cost o…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Edinburgh Fringe and EIF provide distinctive flavours in vintage 70th year by Lyn Gardner

They’re back to dominate the industry’s focus throughout August. The Edinburgh International Festival and its vast, unwieldy offshoot, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe,

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Lyn Gardner: Star ratings can be misleading by Lyn Gardner

Last week, I wrote a one-star review for I Loved Lucy at the Arts Theatre in London. Like its five-star counterpoint, the

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Touch and Mariinsky Ballet: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Fleabag director Vicky Jones returns with a candid, honest play about sex, while Russia’s finest enjoy a second week at the Royal Opera House1 TouchDee is living in chaos in a bedsit in Lo…

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

I Loved Lucy review – Lucille Ball is diminished by this needy bioplay by Lyn Gardner

Arts theatre, LondonSandra Dickinson’s heroic portrayal of the once world-famous TV comedian brings a pulse to this stage corpseAt the height of her success, Lucille Ball was the most famo…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Lyn Gardner: I wish Michelle Terry well at Shakespeare’s Globe, but it won’t be easy by Lyn Gardner

The appointment of Michelle Terry as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe is a smart move by a theatre board that rightly came in

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Lyn Gardner: Millennials refuse to let arts industry’s dinosaurs silence them by Lyn Gardner

There has been some furore over an advert placed – then hastily removed by Arts Council England – on its jobs website

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Much Ado About Nothing review – more sombreros than a Club 18-30 holiday by Lyn Gardner

Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonMatthew Dunster transposes Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes comedy to the Mexican revolution, in a production with a fiesta spirit and a feisty BeatriceThe Su…

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