EdFringe 2017

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.

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Enterprise

Enterprise

★★★★☆   Entertaining:
Enterprise, Americana Absurdum Productions’ inventive comedy at Assembly George Square, is an original and funny experience.

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Nothing

Nothing

★★★☆☆    Teenage nihilism:
One of the glories of the Fringe is how natural it seems to come across a two-handed adaptation of a Young Adult novel about nihilism by a Danish company. While Nothing at Summerhall is largely as intriguing as that sounds, the production does not quite impress as much as it could.

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Bonnie Fechters

Bonnie Fechters

★★★☆☆  Gallus
Bonnie Fechters – Songs of Hope and Resistance – a one-woman show devised, directed and performed by Morna Burdon at the Scottish Storytelling Centre – has a friendly and inclusive feel that at times belies the bite of its content.

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Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd

★★★★☆   Bloodily brilliant:
The dark streets of Victorian London come to life in this thrilling production of Sweeney Todd by Captivate Theatre.

August 20, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Into The Woods

Into The Woods

★★★★☆   Magical:
Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods – on at Assembly Hall until August 27 – is given an enchanting and stylish treatment by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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Elegy For An Echo

Elegy For An Echo

★★☆☆☆     Lacking resonance:
Elegy For An Echo – Gin and Chronic’s production at the Space at Jury’s Inn – promises much, but fails to deliver.

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Doglife

Doglife

★★★★☆ Raw:
Stark truths not often portrayed on stage give Doglife at Summerhall a compelling quality, even if the result could never be called attractive.

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The Fall

The Fall

★★★★★    Singing truth to power
The Fall, the Baxter Theatre centre at The University of Cape Town’s production at the Assembly Hall, is a fascinating and troubling work, made simultaneously joyous by an outstanding ensemble.

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From Broadway to Hollywood

From Broadway to Hollywood

★★★☆☆  Hearing impaired:
A few minutes into this concert by The Bohemians Lyric Opera Company at St Cuthbert’s Church I wanted to walk out. But I wanted to take the singers and musicians with me.

August 19, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More