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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Big the Musical review at the Dominion Theatre, London – ‘a big let down’ by Tim Bano

Why does it feel like we’ve been here before? Let me count the ways: the zillionth beloved-film-to-banal-musical adaptation the West End has

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Disney’s The Lion King review at Bristol Hippodrome – ‘still the king of musicals’ by Tim Bano

It seems as if there’s no blockbuster Disney doesn’t own now that its properties include Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. It has

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Preludes review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘hypnotic and dazzling’ by Tim Bano

Like the crash of chords that opens Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto, this piece by Dave Malloy (of Natasha, Pierre and the Great

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

A Very Expensive Poison review at Old Vic, London – ‘masterfully messy and utterly unique’ by Tim Bano

Lucy Prebble has turned a very serious story into a very silly play. In 2016, the Guardian’s Luke Harding wrote a book

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I Capuleti e I Montecchi review at Arcola Theatre, London – ‘spare, but powerful’ by Tim Bano

Director Lysanne van Overbeek muddies things a bit by starting this production of Bellini’s bel canto with Giulietta reading the opening lines

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Examination review at Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh – ‘superbly slippery piece of theatre’ by Tim Bano

Prisons these days are just like holiday camps, argues Gary Keegan in this piece of documentary theatre from Irish company Brokentalkers. Comedian

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Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘a cartoonish caper’ by Tim Bano

As fringe musicals go, this is proper. It has a complete plot, strong characters, fully orchestrated songs, a nice bit of choreography.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Ticker review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘important, but slightly unconvincing’ by Tim Bano

After his friend died from an undiagnosed heart condition aged 24, Tom Machell decided to write this monologue to raise awareness about

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Typical review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘makes you want to shout at the injustice’ by Tim Bano

It’s not an easy watch, this, especially by the time CCTV footage of Christopher Alder’s death is projected into the room in

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Friday, August 16, 2019

00 review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘strange and playful look at the end of the world’ by Tim Bano

There’s something reassuringly nostalgic about the panic we felt for the millennium bug. Computers thinking it was 1900 was just such a

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Green and Blue review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘profound and politically charged’ by Tim Bano

The two men on stage look identical. Both in police uniforms, with identical moustaches, they stand side by side. The only difference

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Eugene Onegin review at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘Barrie Kosky gets to the heart of the characters’ by Tim Bano

By Barrie Kosky’s standards, his take on Tchaikovsky’s downbeat classic is a restrained affair. It premiered in 2016 at the Komische Oper

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Red Dust Road review at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘sensitive and accessible’ by Tim Bano

One of the many strengths of Scots Makar Jackie Kay’s poetry is its accessibility, and that’s a quality Tanika Gupta borrows in

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Do Our Best review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘bizarre and brilliant’ by Tim Bano

At the age of 30, Sephie is back in the Girl Guides. After three failed attempts she’s finally hoping to get her

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Are We Not Drawn Onward to New ErA review at Zoo Southside, Edinburgh – ‘fascinating palindromic drama’ by Tim Bano

If you can bear to sit through 35 minutes of very testing, very incomprehensible movement and sound, the payoff for Ontroerend Goed’s

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Everything I Do review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘crackling intimacy’ by Tim Bano

In her concept album on stage, Zoe Ní Riordáin uses sound and symbol, rather than story, to create connections with the audience

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Buzz review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘spare and stylish’ by Tim Bano

Johan Harstad’s Norwegian novel, on which this show is based, is all about the deliberate quest to be second best – to

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Drone review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘powerful and strangely revelatory’ by Tim Bano

When Harry Josephine Giles catches the whining drone at the beginning of their multimedia cabaret, it’s like they’re squashing an insect, and

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Baby Reindeer review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘a stunning, intense performance’ by Tim Bano

A woman walks into a bar. It’s not the start of a joke, but the end of Richard Gadd’s comedy career. In

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Henry Box Brown review at Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, Edinburgh – ‘true story of a slave who mailed himself to freedom’ by Tim Bano

The story behind this American musical is fascinating, but the way it’s told is less so. Henry Brown was a slave who

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Romeo and Juliet review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘messy and naff update’ by Tim Bano

Guy Masterson and Nick Hennegan have long form at the Fringe, separately and together. But here, with Masterson as producer and Hennegan

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Islander review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘magical new folk musical’ by Tim Bano

Folklore and myth are brought dizzyingly up to date in Finn Anderson and Stewart Melton’s live-layered musical, using just two voices and

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Mighty review at the Pleasance, Edinburgh – ‘engaging exploration of heightism’ by Tim Bano

It’s never unimportant to have unconscious bias made conscious. In this solo piece, Jack Britton – 5ft 4 3/4in – takes us

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Monday, August 12, 2019

The Accident Did Not Take Place review at the Pleasance, Edinburgh – ‘clever questioning of truth’ by Tim Bano

Alongside Emma, Tilda and John is a different guest performer each day for this thrilling new show from YesYesNoNo. The guest’s job

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Spiegelworld at Edinburgh Fringe: The $5m Las Vegas circus show opening with a fringe tryout by Tim Bano

With its latest offering a raunchy, late-night blend of cabaret and circus, Spiegelworld’s founder tells Tim Bano why Edinburgh Festival Fringe is

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Anguis review at Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh – ‘Quirky debut play by Sheila Atim’ by Tim Bano

Because winning an Olivier award, being cast in the Game of Thrones prequel series, composing incidental music for theatre, dabbling in a

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Appropriate review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘sharp monologue about marriage’ by Tim Bano

Sorcha lives on the west coast of Ireland, she’s wanted to marry Marty since even before the Debs ball – he’s a

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Give Me One Moment in Time review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘thoughtful and subtle exploration of suicide’ by Tim Bano

Doug Crossley has landed the role of Doug Crossley, ‘the part of a lifetime’ he calls it, in this complicated and funny

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If You’re Feeling Sinister review at Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, Edinburgh – ‘odd but charming heist play’ by Tim Bano

From the off, Eve Nicol’s play, based on Belle and Sebastian’s beloved 1996 album, is fiercely sure of what it is. It

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Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation review at the Studio, Edinburgh by Tim Bano

In millenarian movements, when the end comes and when salvation hopefully follows, it will be total, immediate and collective. It is always

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

8:8 review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘intense and strangely moving’ by Tim Bano

One of four Swiss shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Mercimax’s abrupt, intense experience takes us quickly into a stranger’s soul. Eight people

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