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Edinburgh Fringe: The List – Summerhall

Writer: Jennifer Tremblay Translator: Shelley Tepperman Director: Muriel Romanes Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:5] Alone in her kitchen, a woman begins to recount her story. She speaks of her solitude and isolation having moved from the city to the country, and of the great importance of her one real friend, Caroline. The woman likes making lists, in fact she lives by ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Her Right Mind – Greenside

Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] Delightful and deeply affecting, Her Right Mind is a devised piece with a difference. Opening with a superb movement scene that occurs like a canon, repeating but subtly different on each rotation, we experience the routine that governs Jack and Jill’s lives. From their getting out of bed to meals and chores, every inch of their ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Machines For Living – Zoo

Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:3] Direct from the Blue Elephant Theatre, theirreverentMachines For Livingis strangely engaging, strangely enjoyable, and sometimes just downright strange. A play that looks at the well-meaning but somewhat naïve attempts in the 50s to create affordable social housing that would look good both architecturally and socially. Ultimately these aims failed and the high-rises became a magnet for ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Tagged – C eca

Writer: Craig Macdonald Director: Amy Gilmartin Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:3] Fresh new Scottish writing, Tagged is a cautionary tale about the obsession with social media. Cleverly utilising projections and with strong performances from the young cast, it is an engaging and thought-provoking new work by Craig Macdonald. The three characters, with their lives linked by Facebook, have various online interactions ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Shakespeare for Breakfast – C Venues C

Writers: Jemma Gross and the Company Director: Jemma Gross Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4.5] Shakespeare for Breakfast is something of a fringe tradition, dating back to 1992. Devised and performed by C Theatre, the in-house company at C Venues, it is at its best when, as with this year’s offering, it re-imagines a Shakespeare story but with contemporary twists and references. ...

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Edinburgh Fringe : Pool of Blood – Space

Writer: Andrew Sherlock Director: David Llewellyn &Ross Merkin Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:1] Something horrific is taking place at Space Venues at 10:30pm until the 11th August, unfortunately it's the whole production, not just the story that is being told. It's Liverpool, the music hall is dying and the acts are fighting for survival, billed as a musical comedy horror, the ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Continuous Growth – Pleasance Dome

Writer: Esa Leskinen &Sami Keski-Vahala Adaptation: Catherine Grosvenor Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] On entering the theatre the audience are met by cheerful flight attendants who suggest the best seats to sit in and chat chirpily to them while they wait. Announcing they are ready for take off, the performance begins and we are whisked away to the world of Andy ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Mayday Mayday – Pleasance Dome

Writer: Tristan Sturrock Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:3.5] On May Day in 2004, Kneehigh Theatre’s Tristan Sturrock broke his neck falling three meters from a wall in the town of Padstow in Cornwall. Wedged in a small gap, Sturrock could have remained there indefinitely had his pregnant girlfriend and helped by a neighbour – a former paramedic - not found him ...

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