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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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Between a Man and a Woman – The Lion and the Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: & Director Scott James Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Domestic violence is rarely depicted on stage and it’s taken Scott James more than 10 years to create his play Between a Man and a Woman which premiered in September 2016, with subsequent runs in several fringe venues. This latest version, showing at The Lion and the Unicorn Theatre as part of ...

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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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Di and Viv and Rose – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Di Viv Rose - SJT, Scarborough

Writer: Amelia Bullmore Director: Lotte Wakeham Designer: Frankie Bradshaw Lighting: Jason Taylor Sound: Paul Stear Reviewer: Ron Simpson Di and Viv and Rose is what it says – it’s about Di and Viv and Rose. They are the only three characters: Amelia Bullmore cleverly makes us know others without actually seeing them. Rose's irritatingly generous stepfather or one of her ...

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