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Edinburgh Fringe: XXXO – Pleasance Courtyard

Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:1] XXXOis quite likely to make you cry. Not because it's moving, far from it, and not because of the raw onion that pervades the space having been inexplicably chopped up on stage. This will make you cry with sheer frustration, or perhaps because you are incensed at having spent an unrewarding fifty minutes watching it. A ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: As You Like It – C Venue C

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Charlie Parham Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:3.5] This might not be Shakespeare as you know it, but you're definitely going to like it. The tale of Rosalind and her love Orlando and their gender-swapping love games are played out in a wholly original way by Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club. Rosalind and Celia are in Paris, the ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Streets The Musical – TheSpace@Surgeons Hall

Book: Finn Anderson Music: Finn Anderson Director: Finn Anderson Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 1.5] Billed as “gritty and hard-hitting”, Streets The Musical is sadly neither of these, performed without any kind of edginess or meaningful social commentary. With some lacklustre vocals and an underdeveloped plot and lyrics, this piece lacks the ability to ask hard questions about the plight of ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Leather – C Nova

Writer: Dean Graham Director: Dean Graham Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:3/5] Written and directed by Dean Graham, Leather is a cleverly-staged piece of new writing with some very strong performances and novel ideas. One of the finalists in the International Student Drama Festival, the play is set in a nondescript space comprising an office desk in one corner and a red ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Love Letters to the Public Transport System – Assembly Rooms

Writer: Molly Taylor Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:3/5] Having decided she had reason to thank the people responsible for transporting her via public transport on a daily basis, Molly Taylor began writing to transport companies in an attempt to track down and thank drivers who had taken her on important journeys in her life. Doing so became somewhat of an obsession, ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Nina Conti: Dolly Mixtures – Pleasance Dome

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4] Nina Conti is an established actress, but is perhaps best known as a ventriloquist and stand up, and this is what the sell-out crowd at the Pleasance Dome had come to see in Nina Conti: Dolly Mixtures. Her repertoire includes some well known characters, with Monk the depressed monkey opening the show with banter with those ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: Boo Lingerie – Gilded Balloon Teviot

Writer/Performer: Kev F. Sutherland Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4/5] Formed in 2005 as part of The Sitcom Trials in London, Aberdeen-born Kev F. Sutherland’s Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre has been touring and entertaining ever since, winning the Edinburgh Festival Insider Comedy Award in 2009. This year’s offering, Boo Lingerie, is ostensibly a recreation of horror stories, although very little horror ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Towards The Moon – C Venue C

Book, Music and Lyrics: Andrew McGregor Director: Michael Howell Musical Director: Lindsey Miller Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:4/5] Who would have thought that the less than glamorous Scottish port town of Greenock would be the setting for a musical? But hey, this is the Edinburgh Fringe and as we know, anything's possible here. Bobby (Ryan Paterson) is a 24 year old ...

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