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Shappi Khorsandi: Mistress and Misfit – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Writer: Shappi Khorsandi Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs Are too many comedians talking about childhood, relationships or other obvious topics such as Brexit and Trump? If you answered yes to this, Shappi Khorsandi may restore your faith in comedy. Mistress and Misfit rises effortlessly above the comedy sludge and is funny and original in equal measure. Her inspiration is Emma, Lady Hamilton, who, ...

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Foreign Radical – King’s Hall at Summerhall, Edinburgh

man with microphone seated man in white trousers and shirt standing

Writer: Tim Carlson Director: Jeremy Walker with Tim Carlson Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs A game show with a difference. Your choices can determine whether you or someone else are included on the US National Terrorist Watchlist. Theatre Conspiracy have turned the 2013 Watchlisting Guidance document into an imaginative and entertaining piece of interactive theatre that raises serious questions without lecturing the audience. ...

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Ongals: Babbling Comedy – Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

four koren men dressed as toddlers in babygrows

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Following on the heels of the K-Pop phenomenon, Korean comedy troupe Ongals, bring their old-school with a new twist slapstick to the Fringe after successful runs in South East Asia, New Zealand and Australia. Clad in eye-popping toddler outfits, the rosy-cheeked, Three Stooges-haircut foursome combine magic, circus, mime, physical comedy, juggling, bell-ringing, breaking wind and beatboxing. Intending ...

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Quarter Life Crisis – Underbelly Delhi Belly, Edinburgh

woman yoland mercy in a party hat

Writer: Yolanda Mercy Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The last few years have seen an upsurge in shows from Millennials pondering the meaning of life, and this year’s Fringe is positively awash with 20-somethings decrying their lack of a future and the problems of ‘adulting’. Yolanda Mercy, through her semi-autobiographical character Alicia in Quarter Life Crisis, brings, in her own words; “some ...

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When We Ran – Pleasance Beneath, Edinburgh

man playing guitar woman singing

Writers: Patch of Blue Director: Alex Howarth Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Much-lauded Patch of Blue’s latest work When We Ran, is big on ideas and ambition, but is crying out for the time and space it deserves to fully develop its potential. Sisters Ela Rose (Lizzie Grace) and Ela Iris (Alexandra Simonet), have spent their entire lives in a commune. Their ...

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Bare Skin on Briny Waters – Pleasance Bunker One, Edinburgh

woman maureen lennon dressed in a bathrobe

Writers: Maureen Lennon & Tabitha Mortiboy Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys This reflective story from Maureen Lennon and Tabitha Mortiboy, is both personal and universal to the generation of Millennials, promised so much, yet largely failing to forge their own path in the world. On a spare playing space, furnished only with a wooden bench and a floor scattered with shards of mirrored ...

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salt. – Summerhall, Edinburgh

woman in long white dress standing on blue rug with deck chair

Reviewer: David Doyle In February 2016, two artists board a cargo ship in an attempt to retrace one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica and back. One of those artists is Selina Thompson and salt. is the outcome of that journey. A deeply personal exploration of race set against a ...

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Jihan’s Smile – Summerhall, Edinburgh

man and woman in modest clothing woman lying on a bed of sandbags

Reviewer: David Doyle Al Harah Theatre, based in the West Bank, is one of the longest running theatre companies in the region, making work for adults and children alike. Their presentation at the Fringe is a charming story for children about Jihan, a girl who has lost her smile. Performed in a mix of Arabic and English it’s a pleasant ...

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