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Moments – Hen & Chickens Theatre, London

Writer: Julia Cranney Director: Richard Speir Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Loneliness is the scourge of modern society, especially for those who move to the big city with dreams of exciting lifestyles and endless Instagram opportunities. The reality can be quite different as people struggle to establish themselves in a sea of strangers, where opportunities to meet people are genuinely few and ...

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John Robins: The Darkness of John Robins – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: John Robins Reviewer: Faye Hadley Break ups are never easy. They are however fertile ground for creativity, which John Robins mines with aplomb. His latest show deals with the aftermath of his ‘flatmate’ leaving him and is consistently laugh out loud funny. Given their fame, most of the audience are aware that the break-up in question is Robins and ...

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Wil Greenway: These Trees the Autumn Leaves Alone – Underbelly Med Quad, Edinburgh

illustration of man and woman lying in leaves

Writer: Wil Greenway Reviewer: R.G. Balgray Wil Greenway is out there. Funny but vulnerable, poetic but the extraordinary common man, Australian. His piece, These Trees the Autumn Leaves Alone, currently running at the Underbelly Med Quad, is billed as Storytelling/Comedy, but it seems to take his audience to somewhere more, as they journey through his whimsical world. Sharing is what ...

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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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Collision – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Kurt Schwitters Music: Lewis Coenen Rowe Director: Cecilia Stinton Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Most artists and writers are their own worst critics so, if they decide not to share something with the world, it’s usually for good reason - the furore that followed the publication of Go Set a Watchman, the supposed sequel of To Kill a Mockingbird is a ...

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Hear Me Raw – Underbelly Wee Coo, Edinburgh

naked woman surrounded by raw fruit

Writer: Daniella Isaacs   Director: Rosy Banham Reviewer: R. G. Balgray There’s a delicious moment at the start of Hear Me Raw, Daniella Isaac’s one-woman show at The Wee Coo, where a spillage moment stops her Green Girl persona (bright eyed, bushy-tailed wholesomeness and all) dead in her tracks. It is, of course, all part of Isaac’s subversive plan: but it ...

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