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Last Call – C Venues Cubed, Edinburgh

Writer: Mikko Räty Director: Juha Hippi Reviewer: Robin Winters Having won the award for Monologue of the Year in Finland in 2011, Mikko Räty's energetic and scarily observant look at the modern drinking culture comes to a head, in this witty and surprisingly poignant monologue, which fuses performer Juha Hippi's own experience of drinking and his subsequent sobriety with the ...

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Miss Saigon School Edition – Paradise in Augustine’s, Edinburgh

Writers: Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics: Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. Director: Adrian Connell Reviewer: Callum Stott So, what did the 80s give us? The Rubik’s Cube, Madonna, Wham and also a bucket load of the best musicals to ever grace the stage and Miss Saigon, is no exception. Based on Puccini’s, Madame Butterfly and ...

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The Curing Room – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Writer: David Ian Lee Director: Joao de Sousa Reviewer: Gareth Davies “We're each of us capable of our little monstrosities.” Big monstrosities abound when seven Russian soldiers are imprisoned in a Polish monastery in 1944. We observe the dismantling of these men as they weigh up the meanings and possibilities of their lives. On a barren stage, the stark horror ...

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Race – Assembly George Square Studios, Edinburgh

Director: Clare Mortimer Reviewer: Gareth Davies The set-up seems simple – a wealthy white man is accused of raping a black woman in a hotel room. But for Pulitzer prize-winning writer David Mamet inRace, this scenario is the launchpad for a coruscating exploration of notions of shame, guilt, reparation and trust. The white accused (Michael Gritten) consults his prospective defence ...

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The Only Way is Downton – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: Luke Kempner Director: Owen Lewis Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The Only Way is Downton is the perfectvehicle for the impressive impersonation talents of creator Luke Kempner, and having toured the UK since its debut in 2013, this affectionate parody of not only Downton Abbey, but every current reality TV show you can name, shows no sign of losing its sparkle. ...

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Dan Schreiber: C*ckblocked from Outer Space – Underbelly, Bristo Square

Reviewer:Lucy Danser “I think he’s someone we’ll be seeing more of in the future,” announced the woman behind to her husband as the lights came up at the end of Dan Schreiber’s show. She’s most likely right. Schreiber’s debut hour at the Edinburgh Fringe is well structured, enjoyable and packed full of laughs. There really isn’t a dull moment. While ...

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Mark Watson: Flaws – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Lucy Danser How wonderful it is to see a comedian improve over the years without losing his own unique voice. Nine years after first viewing Mark Watson at the Fringe there’s no doubt he’s a much better comedian nowadays, going to his new show feels like catching up with an old friend. He’s exactly as lovely as you remembered ...

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Oleanna – Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall, Edinburgh

Director: Jerome Pride Writer: David Mamet Reviewer: Danielle Shields David Mamet’s thought-provoking 1992 play deals with a controversial and current issue in our society: the testing relationship between a university professor and his student. When university student Carol accuses her teacher John of sexual assault, his career and plans for a new home are put on the line. BasicallyOleannais a ...

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