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Mouthpiece – Canada Hub at King’s Hall Summerhall, Edinburgh

two women

Writer: Quote Unquote Collective Reviewer: Chloe St George At the core of Mouthpiece is a woman struggling to find her own voice. Even when, ostensibly, no-one else threatens to drown her out, silence her, or put words in her mouth, an internal conflict dominates. A symbolic microphone is kept forever out of reach and voices become trapped inside claustrophobic humming. ...

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

man in yellow jacket drinking beer

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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Reduced Shakespeare Company: William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged) – Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

collage of william shakespeare

Writers: Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor after William Shakespeare Reviewer: R. G. Balgray All the world’s a stage, of course. And Shakespeare – well, he’s the majority stockholder, isn’t he. So the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged), presently showing at the Gilded Balloon, is clearly on to a winner. In fact, it’s a win-win proposition. It takes ...

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Heather – Summerhall, Edinburgh

man in blue shirt woman in grey jumper

Writer: Thomas Eccleshare Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: Chloe St George It's been a while since Shakespeare asked us to ponder "what's in a name?" but these and other questions take new shape in Heather. In it, a children's author experiences overnight success, while harbouring an entirely other story as a secret. And like a children's book, Thomas Eccleshare's script is ...

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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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