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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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Places – New Town Theatre, Edinburgh

black and white movie star

Writer: Romy Nordlinger Director: Katie McHugh Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Alla Nazimova has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was a trailblazing artist who transferred from stage to screen in the 1920s and went on to write and direct several movies as well as hosting parties with guest lists that included the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Rudolph ...

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Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog – Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh

woman with two plastic frogs

Writer: Sofie Hagen Reviewer: Faye Hadley The title of Sofie Hagen’s latest Fringe offering comes from a series of grim experiments in the 1800s which concluded that a slowly boiled frog would fail to notice its impending doom. This, coupled with trigger warnings placed on seats, suggests a far more gruelling hour than is on offer. While Hagen skilfully tackles ...

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My Name is Irrelevant – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

man looking at a film slide

Writer: Matthew Hall Director: Ross MacKay Reviewer: Tom Ralphs A slide projector mounted on a collection of notebooks, against a backdrop that includes a video player, diaries and paperbacks is the setting for My Name is Irrelevant. It looks like the bedsit of someone trapped in a 1970s childhood, making it the perfect setting for a piece that deals with ...

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The Revlon Girl – Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Writer: Neil Anthony Docking Director: Maxine Evans Reviewer: Tom Ralphs In 1966 in Aberfan in Wales, 150,000 tonnes of waste from a coal mine gave way causing the deaths of 116 schoolchildren and 28 others at the local school. Several months later a Revlon saleswoman arrives to sell make up at the weekly meeting of bereaved mothers. Based on a ...

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Cosmic Scallies – Summerhall, Edinburgh

man and woman with close captions in background

Writer: Jackie Hagan Director: Amit Sharma Reviewer: Chloe St George Could we really be less tolerant, in cities, than people are out in the sticks? One would assume the opposite; cities tend to be more multicultural, more progressive. Shaun, one character in Jackie Hagan's two-hander Cosmic Scallies, criticises posh old Manchester, where one can't be oneself, compared to at home ...

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