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Slings and Arrows

Slings and Arrows

★★★★☆ Hard hitting

There is raw emotion on display in Slings and Arrows, a disabled led dram from Raised Voices at theSpace@ Surgeons Hall – but there is also humour, stagecraft and real hope.

August 26, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

★★★★☆ Genuine

The Return of Sherlock Holmes is an enjoyable and convincing entertainment at Gilded Balloon Teviot and another convincing literary adaptation from Nigel Miles-Thomas and Fringe Management.

August 25, 2021 | By | Reply More
Sophia

Sophia

★★★☆☆ Revealing reminder

The conflicting demands of professional ambition and personal happiness are brought into stark focus in Sophia by Frances Poet.

August 25, 2021 | By | Reply More
SKANK

SKANK

★★★★☆ Clever

SKANK at the Pleasance Courtyard is a thoroughly successful and engaging one-woman show that is smart, funny and unexpectedly touching.

August 23, 2021 | By | Reply More
Bytesize Theatre

Bytesize Theatre

★★★☆☆ Welcome

The lack of time to plan for live theatre at this year’s Fringe has not deterred the Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group. Bytesize Theatre is a collection of three new plays presented on the online Fringe Player. The three pieces are not all equally impressive, but each has intriguing elements.

August 21, 2021 | By | Reply More
Press

Press

★★★★☆ Sharply funny

Press in the Cabaret Bar at the Pleasance Courtyard is Black Bat Productions’ second production of this Fringe, and its second unqualified hit.

August 19, 2021 | By | Reply More
Playing With Books – Sea State

Playing With Books – Sea State

Theatre returns to the Book Festival

Playing With Books, the collaboration between the Book Festival and the Lyceum, has returned in the Book Festival’s new ‘hybrid’ format. This means a staging with both a limited, distanced, in-person audience at the College of Art, with online viewers, and which is later available on demand (albeit, in this case, for a very limited time).

August 19, 2021 | By | Reply More
Catching Up

Catching Up

★★☆☆☆ Shapeless

There is an amorphous feel to Theatre Paradok’s Catching Up at Symposium Hall, as if what we are seeing has had one draft too few – or, more likely, several drafts too many.

August 19, 2021 | By | Reply More
Moonlight On Leith

Moonlight On Leith

★★★☆☆ Celebratory

Combining the quotidian and the lyrical, New Celts and REDCAP Theatre’s Moonlight On Leith at theSpace Triplex provides a touching portrait of assorted Leithers.

August 19, 2021 | By | Reply More
Radio 69

Radio 69

★★★☆☆ Frothy

There is enough liveliness and verve in Radio 69, presented by the Counterminers at theSpace at Symposium Hall, for several Fringe shows. However, a corresponding attention to detail is not always present.

August 19, 2021 | By | Reply More