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Black Men Walking

Black Men Walking

★★★★☆     Poetic Journey:

There is a scope to Eclipse Theatre Company’s Black Men Walking that is truly impressive. And if its reach sometimes exceeds its grasp, it is none the worse for it.

September 19, 2019 | By | Reply More
Showcase 2019

Showcase 2019

★★★★☆  Melodic juggernaut:

Showcase 2019 at the Church Hill Theatre is an object lesson in how to ring the changes on a familiar formula and keep the result delightfully fresh.

September 18, 2019 | By | Reply More
Solaris

Solaris

★★★★☆ Questioning intelligence:

Dealing with troubling questions about human interaction, the Lyceum’s adaptation of Solaris is – like all the best science fiction – not really about alien planets but about our own world.

September 16, 2019 | By | Reply More
BookFest – The Final Whistle

BookFest – The Final Whistle

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019  Final Round-up:

The Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 closed with its customary eclectic selection of events a remarkably prescient glitch and a Playing with Books presentation that showed exactly what such an adaptation can do.

August 28, 2019 | By | Reply More
Goodbye Charles

Goodbye Charles

★★☆☆☆    Extreme comic chaos:

Goodbye Charles, Eight Minute Dirge’s Fringe debut, is an episodic comedy performed with a surfeit of enthusiasm. Lacking in focus, it nevertheless has charm and potential.

August 26, 2019 | By | Reply More
Playing With Books

Playing With Books

A Charlotte in Charlotte Square – and more

The Book Festival’s Playing with Books strand continues to delight and tantalise audiences in the Charlotte Square Spiegeltent.

August 25, 2019 | By | Reply More
Surveillance

Surveillance

★★★☆☆  Intriguingly lop-sided:

Surveillance, by Anomaly Theatre at theSpace on North Bridge, is a collection of items about ‘big data’ and the surveillance society that is somewhat hit-and-miss but has some fascinating elements.

August 25, 2019 | By | Reply More
Fish

Fish

★★★☆☆  Surprisingly dry:

Fish by Shinehouse Theatre as part of the Taiwan Season at Summerhall, is an attractive production which remains a curiosity rather than a vital piece of theatre.

August 25, 2019 | By | Reply More
Dr Korczak’s Example

Dr Korczak’s Example

★★★★☆    Exemplary:

There is both bleakness and hope in Dr Korczak’s Example, Strange Town’s production which has made a return to the Fringe at the Storytelling Centre.

August 24, 2019 | By | Reply More
Heir Heads

Heir Heads

★★★☆☆    Considerable zip:

Heir Heads, Pretty Knickers Productions’ comedy at theSpace on North Bridge, has a cacklingly amoral glee that gives it some force.

August 23, 2019 | By | Reply More