Hugh Simpson

The Pieman Cometh: A Cautionary Football Tale

The Pieman Cometh: A Cautionary Football Tale

★★★☆☆  Peh? Meh:

Instantly recognisable situations and types from Scottish football give The Pieman Cometh: A Cautionary Football Tale, at the Gilded Ballon Rose Theatre Basement, a wide appeal.

August 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Hecate

Hecate

★★☆☆☆ Fairly foul:

As befits a play so often performed and studied, Macbeth has been the object of many reworkings and extensions over the years. Unfortunately, for every Dunsinane there are ten less memorable efforts. The Little Shakespeare Company’s Hecate falls into the latter category.

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You Remind Me Of You

You Remind Me Of You

★★★★☆ You’re welcome:

There is a fierce theatrical intelligence at work in Arkle’s production of You Remind Me Of You at the Royal Scots Club.

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Laugh Out Loud (Cry Quietly)

Laugh Out Loud (Cry Quietly)

★★★☆☆ Fresh breeze:

Laugh Out Loud (Cry Quietly), by Arkle at the Royal Scots Club, is a sparky confection lacking profundity but full of energy.

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Breathing Corpses

Breathing Corpses

★★★☆☆ Morbid curiosity:

Breathing Corpses, by Split Brick and New Celts at TheSpace on the Mile, leaves a nasty taste in the mouth at times.

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The Monster in the Hall

The Monster in the Hall

★★★☆☆ Expansively exuberant:

Cheerfulness in the face of adversity characterises The Monster in the Hall by Capsize Collective and New Celts at TheSpace on the Mile.

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Sob Story

Sob Story

★★★☆☆ Uneasy combination:

A talented cast and bags of commitment manage to paper over the obvious cracks in Sob Story, by Pretty Knickers and New Celts at TheSpace on the Mile.

August 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Front Page

The Front Page

★★★★☆ Extreme energy:

There is more nervous energy in Edinburg Theatre Arts’ The Front Page at St Ninian’s Hall than in five average Fringe productions, and the result is very pleasing.

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Jumpers For Goalposts

Jumpers For Goalposts

★★★★☆   Warm applause:

Any preconceptions about a play depicting five-a-side football should instantly be put aside for Tom Wells’s Jumpers For Goalposts.

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Casanova Dreaming

Casanova Dreaming

★★☆☆☆ Overly complex:

Arbery Production’s Casanova Dreaming at TheSpace on Niddry Street is a breathless dash through the 18th century that tries to cram enough material for several hours into 50 minutes.

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