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Mairi Campbell: Auld Lang Syne

Mairi Campbell: Auld Lang Syne

★★★★☆ Resonantly musical:

Tuneful and beautifully open-hearted, Mairi Campbell: Auld Lang Syne deserves the widest possible audience. This is a follow-up to singer and violist Campbell’s first solo theatre show, the acclaimed Pulse.

August 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
Nitro

Nitro

★★★☆☆  Farcically tense:

Nitro by Glass Knuckles and New Celts at theSpace on the Mile may never live up to the explosive promise of its title, but has an energy and vigour that covers its faults effectively.

August 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
Cambusdonald Royal

Cambusdonald Royal

★★★★☆   Knockout knockabout
Mayfield Salisbury Church (Venue 11): Fri 3–Sat 18 Aug 2018
Review by Hugh Simpson

There is an air of freshness and fun to Cambusdonald Royal from Edinburgh People’s Theatre at Mayfield Salisbury Church.

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The Laird’s Big Breaxit

The Laird’s Big Breaxit

★★★☆☆ Scattergun satire:

Nasty truths lie behind the cartoonish nature of The Laird’s Big Breaxit in the Library at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

August 7, 2018 | By | Reply More
EH 16: Pyre

EH 16: Pyre

★★★☆☆     Unclear power:

EH 16: Pyre, Nevermore’s production in the downstairs studio at TheSpace Triplex is a determinedly political look at violence against women both in history and today. While at times diffuse, it has an undeniable power.

August 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
Waiting For Godot

Waiting For Godot

★★★★☆   Clearly impressive:

Suffused with hope and hopelessness, Waiting For Godot at the Lyceum in the International Festival exemplifies all of the humanity and cruelty of Samuel Beckett’s landmark work.

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A War of Two Halves

A War of Two Halves

★★★★★     Devastating emotion:

The sincerity, emotional directness and beautiful staging of A War of Two Halves deserves to transcend sporting allegiances. This Is My Story and Nonsense Room’s site-specific performance does what great theatre should, making a specific time and place seem immediate and accessible.

August 6, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
Sister Act

Sister Act

★★★★★   Nun better:

Tuneful, wonderfully acted and with the comic momentum of a juggernaut, Forth Children’s Theatre’s Sister Act at the Edinburgh Tabernacle is almost unimaginably entertaining.

August 4, 2018 | By | 4 Replies More
Erewhon

Erewhon

★★★☆☆  Genial technology:

Promising a mixture of old and new technology and material, Erewhon at Summerhall fails to ignite fully, but remains an engaging and amiable production.

August 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
South Bend

South Bend

★★★★☆ Comic Journey:

South Bend at Gilded Balloon at the Museum is a sharp, bittersweet comedy that is smart enough to know when to be clever and when to be stupid.

August 2, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More