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Friday, August 18, 2017

Harry review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘sensitive yet economical dialogue’ by Paul Vale

This is one of those little plays that takes you by surprise. Caitlin and Sophie meet at university in 2011, and immediately

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The Musical in my Mind review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘fast and very funny’ by Paul Vale

The Musical in my Mind is less a musical and more a lyrical piece of stand-up comedy with a hip-hop sound track.

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Mary Go Nowhere review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘a riot of chaotic situations’ by Paul Vale

This new absurdist comedy by Julie Shavers uses the family unit as a metaphor for the problems dominating the USA at the

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Fruity and the Tweet review at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh – ‘woefully slight and poorly staged’ by Paul Vale

In an age when politicians are quick to take to social media and spread propaganda, it seems that musical theatre writers can

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Joke review at The Space on Niddry Street, Edinburgh – ‘an amusing take on the construction of a classic gag’ by Paul Vale

An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman walk onto the stage. They might not realise it yet, but it’s pretty obvious that

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(FEAR) review at Zoo, Edinburgh – ‘told with innate honesty’ by Paul Vale

As performer Gareth Clark will testify, fear has guided him throughout his life. When he was a child, he was warned not

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MacBlair review at C Primo, Edinburgh – ‘a pretty dull hybrid’ by Paul Vale

For Charlie Dupre’s new comedy drama, the author takes the story of Tony Blair’s rise to power and fuses it to Shakespeare’s

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Double Feature review at Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘well-established double-act’ by Paul Vale

Andy Gray and Grant Stott were originally regarded as a regular pantomime double-act at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh. For the past

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The Soft Subject (A Love Story) review at Assembly Hall, Edinburgh – ‘cathartic one-man show’ by Paul Vale

It takes a while to work out where Chris Woodley’s new play The Soft Subject is going. It’s unapologetically autobiographical and for

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Modern Maori Quartet: That’s Us! review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘fiercely individual sound’ by Paul Vale

A series of productions from New Zealand is taking place at the Edinburgh Fringe this year and included is the Modern Maori

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Donors review at Space on the Mile, Edinburgh – ‘interesting moral questions’ by Paul Vale

Set in a fertility clinic, Donors takes a brief look at the emotional fallout when an older woman strikes a deal with

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Richard Carpenter is Close to You review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘pitch-perfect parody’ by Paul Vale

When Matthew Floyd Jones steps out on to the stage and starts singing a reworked medley of The Carpenter’s greatest hits, you

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

What Would Cathy Do? review at C Primo, Edinburgh – ‘an exciting monologue ‘ by Paul Vale

A fumbled snatch of music in black-out and the sound of a flickering movie projector, and then Cathy lurches onto the stage.

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The Curse Of The Mummy review at Just The Tonic, Edinburgh – ‘very little to recommend’ by Paul Vale

With meta-comedy theatre at its greatest density at Edinburgh in August, it’s inevitable that you are going to wander into a few

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The Power Behind the Crone review at Assembly Studios, Edinburgh – ‘entertaining’ by Paul Vale

For those who believe that there are no good parts for older women in Shakespeare, The Power Behind The Crone is required

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Jack Rooke: Happy Hour review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘quirky humour’ by Paul Vale

It seems to Jack Rooke that far too many people and pets have died in his life so far. When his friend

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Buried: A New Musical review at C Too, Edinburgh – ‘excellent vocal performances’ by Paul Vale

It’s pretty rare that a musical will appear perfect and fully formed at the Fringe. This is a place for experimentation and

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Let Me Look at You review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘exploration of LGBT+ history’ by Paul Vale

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the de-criminalisation of homosexuality. Godfrey Hamilton’s new one-man play takes stock of the changes in

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Lemonade review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘fascinating’ by Paul Vale

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. This old adage is explored by Heather Litteer in Lemonade, a fascinating, richly textured

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No Miracles Here review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘unusual and engaging’ by Paul Vale

Plays about mental health issues may be ubiquitous at the Fringe but No Miracles Here adopts such an unusual and engaging approach

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Chill Habibi review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘casual, intimate cabaret’ by Paul Vale

The Arab Arts Focus at Summerhall and the New Town Theatre aims to reassess the place, purpose and future of the arts

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The Choir of Man review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘boisterous celebration of pub culture’ by Paul Vale

The initial USP of The Choir of Man is that you are offered a pint of beer upon entry. On stage, the

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Burnt Toast review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘colourful characters’ by Paul Vale

Every year Polly marks the disappearance of her mother with an unusual ritual. The memory of a food fight involving ice-cream and

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Bright Colours Only review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘oddly humorous and wholly practical’ by Paul Vale

Despite its constant presence, the practicalities of death are rarely considered until absolutely necessary. Bright Colours Only attempts to address this in

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Rachel Tucker: Unplugged review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘intimate and accomplished’ by Paul Vale

Remarkably, this is the first time that Rachel Tucker has played Edinburgh. Even though it’s only a two-date gig, it’s a performance

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Assessment review at Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre – ‘chilling and emotionally articulate’ by Paul Vale

Alan McDonald is not having a good birthday. Reduced to living with his daughter to make his pension go further, his arthritis

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Prom Kween review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘sharp, satirical and bursting with heart’ by Paul Vale

In 2016 Matthew Crisson, a student who recognises as non-binary, made headlines when he was crowned prom queen at La Guardia High

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Wereldband: Slapstick review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘meticulous musical clowing’ by Paul Vale

It’s extremely difficult to pin down Wereldband to a particular genre. The Dutch five-piece band are not simply multi-talented musicians performing a

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Becoming Scheherazade review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘amiable personal history’ by Paul Vale

The essence of theatre is storytelling and, for Kamaal Hussain, the tales of 1,001 Nights have long been a source of fascination.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Auditions review at Sweet, Grassmarket, Edinburgh – ‘cliched and fragmented’ by Paul Vale

Four people turn up at an audition and begin swapping stories about their career highs – or, more frequently, lows. Racism, ageism

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Douze review at C Royale, Edinburgh – ‘a mad-cap piece of interactive theatre’ by Paul Vale

Eurovision and the culture surrounding it seems to be  a fairly easy target for satirists. Even the spectacle of the event itself

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