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Action at a Distance – Zoo Southside, Edinburgh

purple tetris like blocks on a black background

Writer: Rory Horne Director: Nina Cavaliero Reviewer: David Doyle Over the last number of years Zoo has built up something of a reputation for showcasing some of the most promising new writing at the Edinburgh Fringe and Rory Horne’s Action At A Distance firmly cements that standing this year. A thought provoking piece exploring American drone strikes, the show is ...

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Dust – Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

woman with red hair smiling into camera

Writer: Milly Thomas Reviewer: James Napleton A profane and wickedly morose show, explicit and often gruesome in sexual detail, Dust is a supernatural adventure of life after death. The story follows a girl called Alice, a university graduate, who has recently taken her own life. Performed and written by Milly Thomas, the play has an incredibly vivid and forensic quality ...

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All Hell Toupée – The Rose Street Theatre, Edinburgh

woman holding donal trump mask with wig on

Writers: Kate Bowes Renna & Jeremy Stockwell Director:  Jeremy Stockwell Reviewer:  R. G. Balgray Who would have thought it? A Fringe one woman show about hairpieces – hence the punning title. In Kate Bowes Renna’s solo turn at the Gilded Balloon Rose Street Theatre, the audience is promised “an ingenious one woman show …satirical comedy”. So, how ingenious is it? ...

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Richard Carpenter is Close to You – Underbelly Wee Coo, Edinburgh

Writer:  Matthew Floyd Jones Reviewer:  R. G. Balgray What must it be like to be “the other one”; to have your own genius, exceptional in its own right, but be outstarred, outshone, outeverythinged by your closest other? This is the territory marked out by Matthew Floyd Jones, so far best-known as one half of Frisky and Mannish, in his star ...

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The Soft Subject (A Love Story) – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

man writing on chalkboard surfaces

Writer: Chris Woodley Director: Amy Liptrott Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Chris Woodley takes us back to the classroom to tell his poignant, playful and practically perfect tale of love, loss and survival - The Soft Subject (A Love Story). As an ex-drama teacher, Woodley frames his autobiographical work as a lesson plan: Aim; Introduction; Starter Activity; Main Task; Evaluation, and for any teacher or ...

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The Believers Are But Brothers – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle Javaad Alipoor set out to make a piece about ISIS brides but that’s not the show he ultimately made. Instead, following his failure to engage with them on social media, he made a broader piece about the internet and extremism in its many forms. From the origins of Islamic extremism to the emergence of the alt-right, Alipoor ...

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Hero – Summerhall, Edinburgh

woman stretching out on floor

Reviewer: David Doyle Rokkur Friggjar’s Hero seeks to answer the question, what drives young people to join violent organisations? In today’s society, this question feels like a pertinent one and the choice to explore it through the lives of eight youths over a decade is one that has merit. With overtones of Frank Dedekind's Spring Awakening, the piece’s multi-character storyline ...

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Emotional Terrorism – Just the Tonic at the Caves, Edinburgh

woman in black leather jacket against brick wall

Writer: Ellyn Daniels Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs A great disservice has been done to this show. It’s been placed in the comedy section of the Fringe programme with a wacky photo of performer writer Ellyn Daniels to accompany it. Let’s get this straight from the start, this is not stand-up comedy. It is a frank, brave and, at times, shocking confessional.  It ...

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