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Sigma – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

kaleidoscope of woman in headdress

Choreographer: Seeta Patel Reviewer: Chloe St George If you take a form like dance, or circus, that, to the untrained eye at least, is all about the visuals and the spectacle, it doesn't always have to justify its meaning. All we ask is that it be pleasing on the eye. But if you take such a form and try to ...

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Misterman – C Primo, Edinburgh

man in jacket with angel wings

Writer: Enda Walsh Director: Kate Gaul Reviewer: Chloe St George  By the time Laura Marling's Devils Spoke rang out at the end of the performance, some audience members' tears were in freefall. "All of this can be broken, hold your devil by his spoke and spin him to the ground." So goes Marling's verse, rather prophetic of Enda Walsh's Misterman ...

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The Sky is Safe – Summerhall, Edinburgh

the sky is safe edinburgh fringe

Writer: Matthew Zajac Director: Ben Harrison Reviewer: Chloe St George On the face of it, The Sky is Safe is a two-hander: privileged Western male meets guarded, resilient Syrian woman in Istanbul. But Dogstar Theatre is committed to preserving the experiences of individuals caught up in much greater socio-political epochs. As a result, the production beholds the stories of a ...

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The Chess Player – C Primo, Edinburgh

man in white shirt

Writer: Richard McElvain (inspired by the novella by Stefan Zweig)  Reviewer: R. G. Balgray Think chess, and what do you get. Images: two old men; long hot summer afternoons; interminable pauses between moves; and long-brewed silences. This is part, but not all, of Richard McElvain’s subject-matter in his re-working of Stefan Zweig’s The Chess Player at C Primo in Hill ...

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Hear Me Raw – Underbelly Wee Coo, Edinburgh

naked woman surrounded by raw fruit

Writer: Daniella Isaacs   Director: Rosy Banham Reviewer: R. G. Balgray There’s a delicious moment at the start of Hear Me Raw, Daniella Isaac’s one-woman show at The Wee Coo, where a spillage moment stops her Green Girl persona (bright eyed, bushy-tailed wholesomeness and all) dead in her tracks. It is, of course, all part of Isaac’s subversive plan: but it ...

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Choir of Man – Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

collection of men holding beer

Reviewer:  R .G. Balgray Funny how a good plan can come together. Take a sentimental feeling of nostalgia for the disappearing traditional pub (the “sticky floor”, all guys together kind of tradition); add the current fashion for community choirs all singing together in different styles, then stir in the persisting survival of the variety act – this will let you ...

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The Curse of Cranholme Abbey – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

woman with book man with lantern

Writer: Tim Norton with Jo Billington Director: Tim Norton and Jo Billington with Ed Sayer and Kathryn Norton-Smith Reviewer: Tom Ralphs The Curse of Cranholme Abbey is a very well-written ghost story that spans several generations and mixes youthful optimism and naivety with dark history and unending curses. It evokes period dramas and the Woman in Black, as well as ...

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A Hunger Artist – Zoo, Edinburgh

emaciated man in vest and shorts

Writer: Josh Luxenberg from Franz Kafka Director: Joshua William Gelb Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Is it entertaining to watch someone starve themselves? There once was a time when crowds would go to theatres simply to marvel at men who hadn’t eaten for up to forty days. The appeal eventually ended, and the hunger artist became a mere sideshow attraction. Franz Kafka’s ...

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