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

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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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The Rat Pack: Live – C Chambers Street, Edinburgh

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Director: Jo Parsons Reviewer: Tom Ralphs The Rat Pack: Live attempts to recreate the legendary Las Vegas shows of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. With its current line up, it doesn’t really succeed, but does provide an enjoyable hour of classic songs The show opens with Hugo Joss Catton performing as Dean Martin. Catton’s voice lacks the ...

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Mouthpiece – Canada Hub at King’s Hall Summerhall, Edinburgh

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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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John Robins: The Darkness of John Robins – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: John Robins Reviewer: Faye Hadley Break ups are never easy. They are however fertile ground for creativity, which John Robins mines with aplomb. His latest show deals with the aftermath of his ‘flatmate’ leaving him and is consistently laugh out loud funny. Given their fame, most of the audience are aware that the break-up in question is Robins and ...

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Wil Greenway: These Trees the Autumn Leaves Alone – Underbelly Med Quad, Edinburgh

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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

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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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Heather – Summerhall, Edinburgh

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Writer: Thomas Eccleshare Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: Chloe St George It's been a while since Shakespeare asked us to ponder "what's in a name?" but these and other questions take new shape in Heather. In it, a children's author experiences overnight success, while harbouring an entirely other story as a secret. And like a children's book, Thomas Eccleshare's script is ...

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The Divide Parts 1 and 2 – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Annabel Bolton Reviewer: S.E. Webster Incredible though it may sound, 2017 is actually Alan Ayckbourn’s debut at the Edinburgh International Festival. The prolific playwright, whose plays have been translated into more than 35 languages, is finally treading the floorboards at the Festival with his new work The Divide. Having united with the Old Vic and handed ...

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