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Edinburgh Fringe: Belt Up Theatre’s The Boy James – C Nova

Writer: Alexander Wright Director: Dominic Allen Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:4.5] The Belt Up Theatre experience is always magical and unique and The Boy James proves to be no exception. We are led into a darkly cosy "drawing room", coaxed back to our childhoods, and begin to play parlour games - then it's time to close our eyes and wait for ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Eurydice – C eca

Writer: Sarah Ruhl Directors: Rebecca Speller &Nick Flooks Choreographer: Louise Wilcox Reviewer: Val Baskott [rating:4] This year’s Fringe offering Eurydice from UCLU is a re-telling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth by American playwright Sarah Ruhl. Eurydice is (Melissa Taylor) about to marry Orpheus (Rohan Pai). In the Underworld her dead father (Tim Mac) writes her letters; one finally reaches ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: The List – Summerhall

Writer: Jennifer Tremblay Translator: Shelley Tepperman Director: Muriel Romanes Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:5] Alone in her kitchen, a woman begins to recount her story. She speaks of her solitude and isolation having moved from the city to the country, and of the great importance of her one real friend, Caroline. The woman likes making lists, in fact she lives by ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Her Right Mind – Greenside

Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] Delightful and deeply affecting, Her Right Mind is a devised piece with a difference. Opening with a superb movement scene that occurs like a canon, repeating but subtly different on each rotation, we experience the routine that governs Jack and Jill’s lives. From their getting out of bed to meals and chores, every inch of their ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Machines For Living – Zoo

Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:3] Direct from the Blue Elephant Theatre, theirreverentMachines For Livingis strangely engaging, strangely enjoyable, and sometimes just downright strange. A play that looks at the well-meaning but somewhat naïve attempts in the 50s to create affordable social housing that would look good both architecturally and socially. Ultimately these aims failed and the high-rises became a magnet for ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Tagged – C eca

Writer: Craig Macdonald Director: Amy Gilmartin Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:3] Fresh new Scottish writing, Tagged is a cautionary tale about the obsession with social media. Cleverly utilising projections and with strong performances from the young cast, it is an engaging and thought-provoking new work by Craig Macdonald. The three characters, with their lives linked by Facebook, have various online interactions ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Icarus: A Story of Flight – C eca

Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 3.5] Melding storytelling and circus performances together, Backhand Theatre’s Icarus is a truly unique production. Underpinned by an atmospheric score and effective set, the audience are told the story of what happens to Icarus after the fall and his quest to return to the sky. Gentle and magical, the production has many breathtaking moments and some ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Shakespeare for Breakfast – C Venues C

Writers: Jemma Gross and the Company Director: Jemma Gross Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4.5] Shakespeare for Breakfast is something of a fringe tradition, dating back to 1992. Devised and performed by C Theatre, the in-house company at C Venues, it is at its best when, as with this year’s offering, it re-imagines a Shakespeare story but with contemporary twists and references. ...

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