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All the Things I Lied About – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle We all lie. Every day we utter a lie. Those can be big or small but they are ever-present in our lives. In All the Things I Lied About, Katie Bonna examines her own relationship with lying and in the form of a TED talk that nobody asked her to give, she explores the devastating impact lies ...

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Scorch – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Stacey Gregg Director: Emma Jordan Reviewer: David Doyle Being a teenager is difficult enough but when that’s combined with the task of having to explore one’s gender identity that journey is infinitely harder. In Stacey Gregg’s Scorch, that’s the task facing Kes. At times deeply moving, Gregg’s monologue manages to capture the difficulties society throws in the way of ...

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We Are Ian – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Kate Harvey Leave your reservations at the door and indulge in a bit of mindless escapism, We Are Ian leaves room only for a euphoric acid house danceathon that will make Margaret Thatcher turn in her grave. It begins with three young women. They are dressed in white overalls, hair knotted on top of their heads. It appears they ...

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Nick Hall: Szgrabble – T-Bar, Edinburgh

Reviewer: R G Balgray Imagine a Bond movie as a one-man show through the medium of slapstick mime, and you’re halfway towards Nick Hall’s show at T-Bar in the Cowgate. Add a more-than-ridiculous cod Cold War narrative channelling the famous Chess Wars through Scrabble. Then season with the “Stationery” chapter of office jokes of the past, and the recipe is ...

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Lucy Porter: Consequences – The Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer: R G Balgray Grounded. That’s what Lucy Porter is. Within the first ten minutes of her show Consequences, at the Pleasance Courtyard, she’s effortlessly established her audience participation (with a hostess trolley – a nice touch) and marked out her personal territory: London suburban – Pinner – and “middle middle” class. From thereon in, she leads her packed and ...

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Private Manning Goes to Washington – theSpace on Niddry Street, Edinburgh

Matt Steiner E James Ford Private Manning Goes to Washington Josef Church-Woods

Writer &Director: Stan Richardson Reviewer: David Doyle The case of Chelsea Manning is one that has inspired much debate. It is these views about Manning’s role as either a traitor or a whistleblower that is explored in Stan Richardson’s Private Manning Goes To Washington. It’s a complex piece, which seeks to explore both the creation of a theatre piece as ...

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Michelle McManus: Pop Goes the Idol – The Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Matt Farnham Michelle McManus can undoubtedly sing, after all, she won Pop Idol back in 2003, which she kindly reminds the audience was by a landslide and with over 8.2 million votes. In her third show at the Edinburgh Fringe, she returns to the tried and tested formula of storytelling mixed with some well‐chosen songs. The show starts with ...

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