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Authentic humour: Indie As F*ck, Pinched! Theatre’s comic play with songs about teenage aspirations and disappointments, remains an engaging night out.
Sound premise: Combining wordplay, humour and philosophical musings, A Joke at the Space on Niddry Street is a beautifully presented piece of theatre.
Brazen: Connoisseurs of bad taste comedy will be thoroughly satisfied by Pandorum Theatre Company's F*ckboys For Freedom at Sweet Grassmarket.
Smoothly moving on from their time-travelling schtick, the enthusiastic Rhys Morgan and curmudgeonly Robert West build on their stage personas in this
Zsa Zsa Voom: A shaggy dog story that happens to be true is the focus of Nigel Miles-Thomas's engaging one-man show Zsa Zsa and Me at the Gilded Balloon's Rose Theatre.
Creative: An effective original script carries Vichy Goings-On right the way through, giving it easy entertainment value at the Fringe. There are a few bumps along the way, but on the whole …
Youthful vigour and anger run through Rehanna MacDonald’s exuberant yet thoughtful performance of Jaimini Jethwa’s monologue. It draws on Jethwa’s childhood in a Uganda…
Gently political and mildly self-deprecating, Michael Daviot’s depiction of the world a century ago in 1917 – A Phantasmagoria is a proper treat. In the black
Thought-provoking: Andy Edwards’ new play Scribble, at the Assembly Roxy, is an innovative and thought-provoking exploration of mental health.
Manipulative: Perfect pacing and authentic actors give Graham Eatough's How To Act for the National Theatre of Scotland at Summerhall a unique shine.
Powerful: Following the success of 2014 and 2015’s Black Is the Color of My Voice, Apphia Campbell returns to Gilded Balloon with another powerful one-woman show.
★★★☆☆ Long time coming:
The official Festival's flagship production of Alan Ayckbourn's The Divide at the King's contains multitudes.
Yesteryear once more: Storyboard Theatre's The Shakespeares – Scenes from a Marriage goes over the well-trodden ground of the private life of that writer from Stratford. Even if nothin…
★★★★☆ Double the Laughs:
Powerhouse double act Andy Gray and Grant Stott bring all their comic knowhow to bear on Double Feature from Gilded Ballo…
Masterful: Vox Motus' Flight is an emotional and powerful work of art - an experience like no other that stays with you long after leaving Edinburgh's Church Hill Theatre.
I'm in heaven: Blessed memories of a Scottish sporting legend are evoked superbly by Grant O'Rourke in the Gilded Balloon's Jocky Wilson Said.
Stretching: An otherworldly take on very human dilemmas is aided by some outstanding performances in Lone Light Theatre and New Celts Productions' 100.
Jordan & Skinner, who made a huge impact with their one-woman show Sanitise, return with a two-handed, non-verbal piece, At a Stretch. It’s an everyday story
Andy Cannon brings his storyteller’s arts to Shakespeare’s Macbeth in a one-man show that is aimed perfectly at audiences aged seven or
Powerful: There is no shortage of unfettered emotion in the National Theatre of Scotland's Adam at the Traverse.
Slow but compelling: Bringing Beckett to the Edinburgh International Festival, Irish Production Company Clare Street gives a fittingly understated treatment to Krapp's Last Tape.
Chillingly relevant: Assessment is a chilling exploration of the future of pensions in a time of austerity. What is your life worth? asks critic-turned-playwright Robert Dawson Scott in this…
Essence of Fringe: Intelligent, driven and ridiculously entertaining, Michael Daviot's historical one-man-show 1917: A Phantasmagoria is as close to the ideal Fringe show as you could imagin…
Mythic emotion: Meet Me At Dawn, a new play by Zinnie Harris presented by the EIF at the Traverse, is a sombre but beautifully open-hearted depiction of love, loss and regret.
Uncompromising: Take the original Trainspotting movie and put it in IMAX. Turn the sound up to 120%, the acting to 130%. and have all the gore, faeces and bile flying out of the screen, righ…
Urgent: There is undeniable promise in The Last Queen of Scotland. It is told in a voice largely absent from the stage, and presents a story which seems to have been largely forgotten, but r…
Wild: The EIF's Rhinoceros is a thoroughly contemporary take on a modern classic, combining knockabout comedy with a deep consideration of human society.
Director Michael Colgan has Barry McGovern take his Krapp at a luxurious pace, in a production which is at once playful and
Zinnie Harris is somewhat ubiquitous at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, updating Ionesco, retelling Aeschylus and here, with Meet Me at Dawn,
Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera adaptation of Steven Berkoff’s Greek, a tale of joyfully racist cockneys and the rotting underbelly of the collapsing English
Playwright Jo Clifford has a 90-strong body of work. For her 91st script, written with Chris Goode, and her second self-delivered one-woman