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Maddy Anholt: Rent Girl – Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Matt Farnham Maddy Anholt: Rent Girl,the follow-up show to 2015’s Diary of a Dating Addict,brings us back to Anholt’s arrival in the bright lights of London at the tender age of 17. From the moment she enters the stage she brings the brash confidence of the typical London party girl replete with dazzling gold shoes. Anholt then sets about ...

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Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit – Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Matt Farnham Little Misfit is the latest show in Zoe Lyons comedy arsenal and in it Lyons brings her energetic and frenetic style to the current blissful place she has reached in life. Now content with where she is and how life is treating her, Lyons sets about bringing her everyday thoughts and musings to the audience in a ...

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Wonderman – Underbelly Potterrow, Edinburgh

Director:Amy Leach Reviewer: David Doyle Wonderman, a musical rendering of some of Roald Dahl’s stories for adults, from Gaggle Babble is a polished exploration of a darker side of Dahl’s writing that ooze mystery and murder. If you’re willing to go with the slightly disjointed nature of the piece, there’s much on offer here including some interesting musical arrangements, well-crafted ...

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Elixir – Underbelly Circus Hub, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle In a lab, three test subjects are given different concoctions to try and find a cure for a virus causing a zombie outbreak in Edinburgh. As they ingest each one, their dexterity and strength measured to see the impact. It’s a clever ruse for a circus show and one that works incredibly well in Head First Acrobats’ ...

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Counting Sheep – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Director: Mark Marczyk Reviewer: David Doyle Counting Sheep is a show like no other. It’s a guerrilla folk opera exploring the Euromaidan, a series of demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine, which led to the deaths of over 780, and set the scene for the annexation of Crimea, as well as the conflict in Lugansk and Donetsk. A powerful, immersive ...

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Tank – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle In 1965 a researcher lived with a dolphin for ten weeks in a bid to try and teach him English. It was part of a larger project funded by NASA that was trying to work out how aliens could be taught English if they were ever encountered, a project so bizarre that it could have fit in ...

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Cabaret (Kab-uh-rey) – Greenside @ Nicolson Square

Music & Lyrics: John Kander & Fred Ebb Reviewer: David Doyle Kander and Ebb’s classic musical Cabaret ought to have as much power today as it did when first produced. The view of a country descending into fascism should seem vital in a world that seems ever increasingly to be winding down a dark path but in this production from ...

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