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Celeste’s Circus

Celeste’s Circus

★★★★☆ Joyous fun:

Celeste’s Circus, Faux Theatre’s production at the Storytelling Centre, is a warmly involving treat for 0-5 year-olds.

August 18, 2019 | By | Reply More
Resurrecting Bobby Awl

Resurrecting Bobby Awl

★★★★☆  Accessible complexity:

Resurrecting Bobby Awl, from Avalon and BBC Arts at Summerhall, shines a light on to a forgotten corner of Edinburgh with grace and economy.

August 17, 2019 | By | Reply More
Haggis, Neeps and Burns

Haggis, Neeps and Burns

★★★☆☆ Lunchtime sustenance:

A pleasing willingness to let Robert Burns speak for himself gives Haggis, Neeps and Burns by Edinburgh Little Theatre at Hill Street a straightforward charm.

August 17, 2019 | By | Reply More
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.

August 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
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.

August 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
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.

August 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
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.

August 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
Number, Please

Number, Please

★★★★☆ Pleasingly farcical:

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

August 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

★★★☆☆ Uneven updating:

Arkle’s take on The Taming of the Shrew is a largely successful attempt to make relevant one of Shakespeare’s plays that is most troubling to modern audiences.

August 14, 2019 | By | Reply More
Low Level Panic

Low Level Panic

★★★★☆    High level:

Arkle’s early-evening production of Low Level Panic at the Royal Scots Club is excellently put together and performed.

August 13, 2019 | By | Reply More