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Places – New Town Theatre, Edinburgh

black and white movie star

Writer: Romy Nordlinger Director: Katie McHugh Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Alla Nazimova has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was a trailblazing artist who transferred from stage to screen in the 1920s and went on to write and direct several movies as well as hosting parties with guest lists that included the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Rudolph ...

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Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog – Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh

woman with two plastic frogs

Writer: Sofie Hagen Reviewer: Faye Hadley The title of Sofie Hagen’s latest Fringe offering comes from a series of grim experiments in the 1800s which concluded that a slowly boiled frog would fail to notice its impending doom. This, coupled with trigger warnings placed on seats, suggests a far more gruelling hour than is on offer. While Hagen skilfully tackles ...

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My Name is Irrelevant – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

man looking at a film slide

Writer: Matthew Hall Director: Ross MacKay Reviewer: Tom Ralphs A slide projector mounted on a collection of notebooks, against a backdrop that includes a video player, diaries and paperbacks is the setting for My Name is Irrelevant. It looks like the bedsit of someone trapped in a 1970s childhood, making it the perfect setting for a piece that deals with ...

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The Revlon Girl – Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Writer: Neil Anthony Docking Director: Maxine Evans Reviewer: Tom Ralphs In 1966 in Aberfan in Wales, 150,000 tonnes of waste from a coal mine gave way causing the deaths of 116 schoolchildren and 28 others at the local school. Several months later a Revlon saleswoman arrives to sell make up at the weekly meeting of bereaved mothers. Based on a ...

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Against – Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: Christopher Shinn Director: Ian Rickson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Christopher Shinn’s new play Against is proof that no good deed goes unpunished, and in the world of tech billionaires you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. We take quite a contradictory view of big multinationals or famous entrepreneurs patronising the arts or starting charity missions – they ...

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Larkin with Women – Esk Valley Theatre, Glaisdale

Writer: Ben Brown Director: Mark Stratton Producer: Sheila Carter Set/Lighting: Graham Kirk Costumes: Christine Wall Reviewer: Ron Simpson As well as being (according to at least one poll) the most popular English poet of his generation, Philip Larkin was an enigmatic and somewhat controversial figure. His poetry suggested that his was a withdrawn existence, sexually deprived, terrified of death. After ...

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Convicted – Theatre at the 14th Street Y, New York

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Writer: Riley Thomas Director: Riley Thomas Reviewer: Robert Price A gunshot opens Riley Thomas’ new play, echoing through the piece as a consequence of what we believe. Convicted explores morality’s application, from many different angles. Amy, played by Jennifer Knox (who holds the show together with her steady hand), works at an advocacy group for LGBT youth. David M. Farrington plays ...

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Salad Days – Union Theatre, London

Book: Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade Lyrics: Julian Slade Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Originally written in 1952 as a fun summer musical for Bristol Old Vic’s resident theatre company, Salad Days evokes a gentler, simpler age, while also incorporating English eccentricity both in its characters and its own plot. Upon graduating from university, friends Timothy (Laurie Denman) and ...

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