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Last Resort – Summerhall, Edinburgh

people sitting in orange deck chairs

Reviewer: David Doyle 2Magpies have never been afraid to create work that challenges its audience. In 2015 in the café at Summerhall they performed The Litvinenko Project, a striking look at the death of Alexander Litvinenko, and this year they’ve returned to Summerhall with a new show exploring Guantanamo Bay. In the basement of the building, we’re invited on holiday ...

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Scorch – Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Stacey Gregg Director: Emma Jordan Reviewer: John Kennedy Gathering more stars than a greedy telescope, Scorch bristles and blisters from the flaming lips of protagonist, Kes, and she has a story to tell from Hell. In streams and screams of lyrical consciousness liberally scattered with social media patois her purgative confessional account of her journey through self-identity is a ...

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Whalebone – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

one woman two men leaning on each other

Writer: Devised by the company Reviewer: Chloe St George Though this might be your first mute-man-in-a-corset-with-a-compact-umbrella of the Fringe so far, his awkward fumblings, trying to please and wondering how to hold himself, are instantly familiar. This is where Whalebone excels: presenting recognisable situations in an original format. As far as originality goes, the words 'narrated by a talking vagina' ...

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Morgan Stern – C Primo, Edinburgh

man in top hat with two fish

Writer: Gina Schien Director: Goldele Rayment Reviewer: Tom Ralphs A man known as The Gent returns from the Georgian era to help Morgan Stern, an Australian schizophrenic. Morgan is never seen. His voice, and the voices he hears, are replayed by The Gent. As The Gent’s own background emerges, you start to wonder whether the play is really set 221 ...

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Mark Dean Quinn: My Heart on a Plate – Heroes @ The Hive, Edinburgh

mark dean quinn face on piece of toast

Writer: Mark Dean Quinn Reviewer: Faye Hadley Mark Dean Quinn’s My Heart on a Plate is nigh on impossible to sum up. A truly original hour, there is little one can describe about the show without potentially spoiling it. So let's just settle for saying that it is brilliant. This year Quinn has been nominated for the increasingly prestigious Malcolm Hardee ...

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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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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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