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Edinburgh Fringe: Dream Plays (Scenes from a Play I’ll Never Write) – Traverse Theatre

Writer: Sue Glover Director: Orla O’Loughlin Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] With a different playwright showcasing scenes from an unwritten play each day of its run, Dream Plays is a very interesting concept. Essentially a rehearsed reading, we were treated to excerpts from Sue Glover’s play Catterline, which is based on the life of British painter Joan ‘Jock’ Eardley. Showing a ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Razing Eddie – Underbelly

Writer: Philip Stokes Director: Philip Stokes Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:2.5] Fringe favourites Horizon Arts are back with this new play, Razing Eddie, written and directed by company Artistic Director Philip Stokes. Bad lad Eddie is out of prison after four years and swears he is a changed man, but despite this claim immediately seeks out ex-girlfriend Shauna who is doing ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Script in Hand – Summerhall

Writer: Sean Gregory Director: Sean Gregory Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 5] Insightful and incisive, Script In Hand is largely a play comparing the treatment of typographer Paul Renner under the Nazi regime with that of the piece’s leading man in the present day. Carefully crafted and intelligently written, Sean Gregory’s superb script jumps up from the page and challenges the ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Iron Assumptions – theSpace on North Bridge

Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 2] Apparently based on verbatim accounts and performed by a young cast, Iron Assumptions seeks to debunk some of the myths surrounding ex-offenders and routes into prison. Posing the question “Can a convicted criminal ever be the victim”, Z Theatre Company’s well meaning production then looks at the back stories of a variety of people recently ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Cubicle Four – Paradise at the Vaults

Writer: Rachel Jarmy Director: Sarah Ingrams Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 4] Essentially a trio of playlets, Cubicle Four shows three duologues between occupants of a cubicle in an A+E department over the course of 24 hours. Written by Rachel Jarmy, each of the encounters is imbued with emotion as the characters find themselves in a heightened situation that brings deep-seated ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: The Night Of The Big Wind – Underbelly

Puppet &Set Design: William Aubrey-Jones and Peter John-Morton Composer: Carly McConnell Director: Carly McConnell and William Aubrey-Jones Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 3.5] Gentle and thoughtful, The Night Of The Big Wind tells the tale of a young boy caught up in a terrible storm when the tiny fishing village he lives in is hit by it. With a skilfully made ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Perle – Assembly Roxy

Writer: Thomas Eccleshare Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 4] Based on the 14th century poem Pearl, Dancing Brick’s new mixed media piece is a live cartoon about loss, love and obsession. Performed by its writer Perle is bold and beautiful, with Thomas Eccleshare’s outstanding physical work complimented at every turn by Serge Seidlitz’s striking illustrations and Harry Blake’s ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Beats – Traverse Theatre

Writer: Kieran Hurley Director: Julia Taudevin Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 4] In 1994, among other things, the Criminal Justice Act was tweaked in order to effectively ban raves. It became illegal to hold public gatherings around amplified music that was characterised by "the emission of a succession of repetitive beats." Exciting, electrifying and powerfully nostalgic, Beats is the story of ...

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