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Aaron Calvert: Awaken – La Belle Angele, Edinburgh

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Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The lure of the stage rather than the stethoscope has led trained doctor Aaron Calvert to Edinburgh for his second stint at the Fringe. Inspired as a child by feats of human strength and the US Intelligence services' selection process, Calvert presents a combination of psychology, hypnosis and 'telepathy' in Awaken. Calvert's show isn't exactly treading new ground. ...

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Alexander Fox: Ringo – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

man in ringo starr's sergeant pepper jacket holding drumsticks

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It's the moments of pure storytelling that resonate most in Alexander Fox's debut solo hour of original comedy: Ringo. In 2006, a then teenaged Fox, met and began a pen-pal correspondence with the world's most famous drummer, The Beatles' Ringo Starr. What follows is an at times surreal, biographical tale, with appearances from the Cadbury's gorilla drumming to Phil ...

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Replay – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

cassette tape on turquoise background

Writer: Nicola Wren Director: George Chilcott Reviewer: Stephen Bates A policewoman's lot is not a happy one. Performing her own hour-long monologue in the aptly-named Bunker One at the Pleasance Courtyard, Nicola Wren requires herself to drop to a seated position on the hard concrete floor repeatedly, perhaps showing us that an actor’s lot is not always so happy either. ...

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Fag/Stag – Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

two men sitting on stools

Writers: Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Chris Isaacs Reviewer: Stephen Bates Coming of age stories are fairly common, but they usually feature characters at least a decade younger than the pair in this hour-long duologue from Australia. Fag/Stag, written and performed by Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Chris Isaacs, is a touching bromance, recounting the misadventures of two lads still struggling to ...

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The Nature of Forgetting – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

two men and a woman balancing on a bicycle

Reviewer: David Doyle Tom, the protagonist, of Theatre Re’s The Nature of Forgetting is celebrating his 55th birthday when we join him. He is also suffering from early onset dementia. Over the course of the next seventy-five minutes, we follow him into his mind as he recalls and attempts to recollect memories of his past. A stunning exploration not merely ...

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The Dreamer – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle The Dreamer, a co-production between the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Gecko is the European premiere of a piece of physical theatre inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Peony Pavilion, a text by Shakespeare’s Chinese contemporary Tang Xianzu. It’s a visually stunning piece of theatre with moments of real magic that will no doubt ...

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Testosterone – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

four men one dressed as spaceman, one in gym gear, one in a stetson, one in a glitter outfit

Reviewer: David Doyle Drawing on the autobiographical experiences of Kit Redstone’s first entrance into a male gym changing room at the age of 33, Rhum and Clay’s Testosterone is an insightful, deeply entertaining, and powerful exploration of modern concepts of masculinity. In the midst of a wonderfully designed locker room, the story that unfolds before us is deeply personal while ...

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Dave Johns: I, Fillum Star – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

man in donkey jacket and black woollen hat

Reviewer: Matthew Farnham Dave Johns spent 30 years as a stand-up comic and just found fame, as a film star. John’s tell us the story of how a circuit comedian ended up in one of the worlds most revered and socially active films of 2016. With his Geordie accent and skilled story telling, Johns weaves through the unlikely tale of how ...

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