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Alistair McGowan: 12th Impressions – Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Writer: Alistair McGowan Reviewer: Laura Hibbert Alistair McGowan – arguably one of Britain’s most celebrated impressionists performs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the twelfth year, and does not disappoint, with an hour of unfeasibly accurate impersonations in his stand-up show for 2016, 12th Impressions. Warming up the audience with light-hearted chatter, he swiftly and effortlessly slips in and out ...

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David O’Doherty: Big Time – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

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Writer: David O’Doherty Reviewer: Fergus Morgan David O’Doherty, by his own admission, has got as big as he’s going to get. His 17th show at the Edinburgh Fringe, Big Time, sees him playing the festival’s premiere venue to packed houses every night of the week. But, despite some wild fantasies about his professional career soaring so meteorically high that, in ...

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Mark Steel’s In Toon – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

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Writer: Mark Steel Reviewer: Fergus Morgan There’s probably nowhere in Britain that Mark Steel doesn’t know some peculiar, revealing fact about. His Edinburgh Fringe show, Mark Steel’s In Toon, is a mix of some more prepared material about politics, football fans and the great English cup of tea, and some more cobbled together stuff about Scotland, its history, and its ...

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Mark Thomas: The Red Shed – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Mark Thomas Director: Joe Douglas Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Mark Thomas is pretty much a minor deity at the Edinburgh Fringe. His shows play to packed houses and his audiences invariably givehim a standing ovation, just as they did last year, just as they will next year. And, frankly, it's all very well deserved. Thomas is always a charismatic, commanding ...

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Spencer Jones – Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

Writer: Spencer Jones Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Spencer Jones was the surprise comedy hit of last year's festival. His show, Spencer Jones Presents The Herbert In Proper Job, was a gloriously barmy mix of anthropomorphic household objects, surreal audience participation, and brilliantly silly use of audio technology. This year, Jones has returned to Underbelly Cowgate with his 2015 hit, as well ...

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Daphne’s Second Show – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

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Writer: Phil Wang, Jason Forbes, George Fouracres Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Phil Wang, Jason Forbes and George Fouracres, alias Daphne, Britain's most ethnically diverse sketch group, turned heads at last year's festival with their debut show, a subversive, intelligent and thoroughly fresh hour of eclectic, scripted silliness. Their second show, imaginatively titled Daphne's Second Show, is a convincing follow-up, capturing the ...

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Whiteout – Zoo Southside, Edinburgh

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Choreographer: Natasha Gilmore Reviewer: David Doyle Exploring bi-racial relationships, Whiteout, by Barrowland Ballet, is a pulsating and tender look at the complexities of relationships, race, and their intersection. Inspired by her own personal experiences from her marriage and as a mother, Natasha Gilmore’s choreography explodes on the stageand demonstrates why Barrowland Ballet is one of Scotland's most successful contemporary dance ...

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World Without Us – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle What would happen if all of a sudden humanity stopped existing? That’s the question posed by Ontroerend Goed in their newest work, World Without Us. As a lone figure on stage narrates the changes to Earth in the wake of the disappearance of man, the piece meditates on mankind’s impact on the world around them, offering a ...

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