Archive for August 15th, 2019

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

★★★★★ Witty and enchanting:

In a world full of fear and worry, we all need a reminder that there’s still hope. Luckily, in The Man Who Planted Trees at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, two storytellers and their puppets are here to give us just that.

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Atlantis

Atlantis

★★☆☆☆    Attempted Utopia:

In Atlantis by Broadsword Theatre, playing at Greenside @ Infirmary Street for week two of the Fringe only, the myth of the lost city has been recreated on an island, home to a strict community.

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The Brooklyn Scotsman

The Brooklyn Scotsman

★★★☆☆  It’s a rap:
Young Critics Scheme
The Brooklyn Scotsman, at the Hill Street Theatre for the full Fringe, is Stevie Creed’s story of how, as a teenage Scottish rapper, he decided to leave home and fulfil the American dream.

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The Lament of Dorothy Wordsworth

The Lament of Dorothy Wordsworth

★★★☆☆  Meditative history:

The Lament of Dorothy Wordsworth, by PenPal Productions at Paradise in The Vault, is a careful piece of literary and historic interest.

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Sad Eyes to Smile With

Sad Eyes to Smile With

★★★★☆    Painful knowledge:

It is rarer than you might imagine to find Fringe shows whose title accurately reflects the content. Sad Eyes to Smile With, by Activising For Change at Greenside @ Infirmary Street, is definitely one – a bittersweet piece whose sadness is nevertheless combined with a determination to keep hoping.

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Thunderstruck

Thunderstruck

★★★☆☆  Tuneful Excursion:

Thunderstruck by David Colvin at Assembly Checkpoint is a deeply felt and human tale, whose relationship with its source and inspiration nevertheless makes for some uncertain moments.

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Reservoir Dugs

Reservoir Dugs

★★★☆☆  Hollywood radge:

Reservoir Dugs by Cat O’Nine Tales at theSpace at Venue 45 is exactly what it appears to be – Reservoir Dogs transplanted to Central Scotland.

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Number, Please

Number, Please

★★★★☆ Pleasingly farcical:

Number, Please by Paprichoo at Paradise in Augustines leaves no stone unturned in its pursuit of comedy.

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