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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

★★★☆☆  Rumbustious jollity:

Charging at Shakespeare at full speed and with all comic guns blazing, Some Kind of Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night at Paradise in the Vault will win no prizes for subtlety but should please a wide audience.

August 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
Those Worrisome Sleeps

Those Worrisome Sleeps

★★☆☆☆ Fractured fantasy:

Those Worrisome Sleeps, RFT’s excursion into fantasy and dark magic at Sweet Grassmarket, has an unusual atmosphere and a vigorous earnestness that never translate into a convincing whole.

August 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
Quines

Quines

★★★☆☆  Poetic history:

Quines from Gerda Stevenson at Paradise in the Vault is one of those home-grown, quietly accomplished shows that will never hit the headlines but are the backbone of the Fringe.

August 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
The End of Eddy

The End of Eddy

★★★★☆ Inventive realism:

The End of Eddy at the Studio is both creatively playful and grippingly real, as a production of rare immediacy is built around a combination of technology and human interaction.

August 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
A Spark of Philosophy

A Spark of Philosophy

Muriel Spark at the Book Festival:

This year’s Book Festival has featured several events designed to appeal to the theatre-goer which cross over with the strand celebrating the centenary of the birth of Edinburgh’s own Muriel Spark.

August 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Lucille and Cecilia

Lucille and Cecilia

★★★☆☆ Extreme aquatics:

Gleeful physical comedy features in Lucille and Cecilia, a patchy but intriguingly promising piece from new company Bang Average Theatre at C Aquila.

August 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
Plaza Suite

Plaza Suite

★★★☆☆ Erratic comedy:

The Edinburgh Makars’ production of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite has considerable comic appeal, even if it takes some time to materialise.

August 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
Eight

Eight

★★★★☆ Powerful monologues:

There is a confidence and spirit to Eight, at the Bedlam, that makes for highly successful theatre.

August 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
Heaven Burns

Heaven Burns

★★★☆☆  Fiery history:

Heaven Burns, Jen McGregor’s exploration of some of the murkier corners of Scottish history at the Assembly Roxy, has a dark and spooky feel. Its power is not always sustained, but it nevertheless has considerable impact.

August 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
A Joke

A Joke

★★★★☆   Funny, peculiar:

There is a masterclass in comic nous to be had in A Joke, Universal Arts and Scene Change Productions’ reworking of last year’s Fringe hit by Dan Freeman.

August 21, 2018 | By | Reply More