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Distortion

Distortion

★★★☆☆    Promising:
Distortion by Explosive Arts, while in many ways unassuming, has much to recommend it in terms of realism and the experience it gives its young cast.

September 2, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Bubbles and Martini

Bubbles and Martini

★★★☆☆  Frothy:
Bubbles and Martini is packing in the crowds at Surgeons’ Hall, and it is not difficult to see why. It may not be the most demanding show on the Fringe, but it fills a need and certainly brings joy to its audience.

August 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Book Festival Round-up

Book Festival Round-up

The view from Charlotte Square:
The Book Festival continues to explore the interface between literature and performance in a way that is refreshing and risk-taking. If it does not always come off, that is certainly a price worth paying.

August 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Oresteia: This Restless House

Oresteia: This Restless House

★★★★☆    Drips grandeur:
Huge and elemental forces drive This Restless House, the version of the Oresteia by Zinnie Harris originally produced by the Citizens’ Glasgow and the National Theatre of Scotland last year.

August 24, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
salt.

salt.

★★★★☆   Sharp:
There is huge rage and tight focus in Selina Thompson’s salt., a one-woman show about the legacy of slavery, and how the attitudes that fuelled it still persist.

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Sorcerer

The Sorcerer

★★★★☆   What larks:
For careful execution and straightforward fun, it is difficult to imagine many recent productions of Gilbert and Sullivan have beaten Cat-Like Tread’s The Sorcerer at Paradise in Augustines.

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Any Suggestions, Doctor?

Any Suggestions, Doctor?

★★★☆☆  Sweetly funny:
Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure In Space And Time, the Doctor Who-based improvised comedy from the Any Suggestions Improv, has a wide appeal for Whovians and others.

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Out Of The Bad

Out Of The Bad

★★★★☆   Comes good:
Out of the Bad, by Fair Pley at the New Town Theatre, is a warm and politically informed production distinguished by outstanding performances.

August 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sunshine At The Rose

Sunshine At The Rose

★★★☆☆  Showstopper overload:
Sunshine At The Rose, a collection of songs from musical theatre featuring some of Captivate’s most accomplished performers, is a spirited and melodic entertainment that shows you can have too much of a good thing.

August 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch

★★★☆☆  Stately:
There is a comic and political bite to the Edinburgh Makars’ Neighbourhood Watch that gives it as much impact as other Alan Ayckbourn productions of twice the length and many times the budget.

August 22, 2017 | By | Reply More