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Edinburgh Fringe: Fat – Pleasance Courtyard

Writer: Pete Edwards Director: Michael Achtman Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] On leaving Fat, another audience member observed: “I think that is the most remarkable thing I’ve ever seen”. The word she chose was entirely accurate, because Pete Edwards is nothing if not remarkable. Pete is a performer, writer and artist. Pete is also a gay man with cerebral palsy. While ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: The Lonely One – Underbelly

Based on: An excerpt of Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury Adaptor: Rachel Warr Director: Rachel Warr Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:3.5] Based on an extract from Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine, The Lonely One is a suspenseful tale staged using shadow-puppetry, sound effects, and a strong cast. With a set comprising four miniature houses which double as screens for the puppetry, a ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Satan’s Playground – Underbelly

Writer: Adaptation from Isaac Bashevis Singer Director: David Zoob Sound Design: Thyge Harrberg Reviewer: Val Baskott [rating:3.5] Sacred and Profane produce ensemble theatre adapted from literary or folk sources and are interested in the creative potential of using live music and digital sound. They are flying high in choosing a complex Bashevis Singer story The Destruction of Kreshev. Bashevis Singer ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Misanthropy – C eca

Writer: Sam Siggs Director: Kirsty Logan Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:2] Billed as a tale about six people linked by one assault, Misanthropy is actually the tale of these people linked by three if you want to be precise. Stemming from a sexual assault on Faye (Katie Milne), the only female character in this play – serving as she does the ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Belt Up Theatre’s The Boy James – C Nova

Writer: Alexander Wright Director: Dominic Allen Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:4.5] The Belt Up Theatre experience is always magical and unique and The Boy James proves to be no exception. We are led into a darkly cosy "drawing room", coaxed back to our childhoods, and begin to play parlour games - then it's time to close our eyes and wait for ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Eurydice – C eca

Writer: Sarah Ruhl Directors: Rebecca Speller &Nick Flooks Choreographer: Louise Wilcox Reviewer: Val Baskott [rating:4] This year’s Fringe offering Eurydice from UCLU is a re-telling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth by American playwright Sarah Ruhl. Eurydice is (Melissa Taylor) about to marry Orpheus (Rohan Pai). In the Underworld her dead father (Tim Mac) writes her letters; one finally reaches ...

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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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