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salt. – Summerhall, Edinburgh

woman in long white dress standing on blue rug with deck chair

Reviewer: David Doyle In February 2016, two artists board a cargo ship in an attempt to retrace one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica and back. One of those artists is Selina Thompson and salt. is the outcome of that journey. A deeply personal exploration of race set against a ...

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Jihan’s Smile – Summerhall, Edinburgh

man and woman in modest clothing woman lying on a bed of sandbags

Reviewer: David Doyle Al Harah Theatre, based in the West Bank, is one of the longest running theatre companies in the region, making work for adults and children alike. Their presentation at the Fringe is a charming story for children about Jihan, a girl who has lost her smile. Performed in a mix of Arabic and English it’s a pleasant ...

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INTERVIEW: Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie on Army@TheFringe

colonel gordon mackenzie in combat fatigues

By ANDY MOSELEY Most people’s associate the words Army and Edinburgh with the Military Tattoo, but this year the Army will also have its own Festival Fringe venue following a link up with Summerhall that will see six shows performed at The Hepburn House Army Reserve Centre in the city. Andy Moseley spoke to Lieutenant Colonel Gordon MacKenzie to find ...

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Ballistic – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

man kneeling wearing red bobble hat

Director: Anna Marsland Writer: Alex Packer Reviewer: James Napleton Ballistic tells the story of Elliot Rodger and despite the tragic events surrounding the 22-year-old mass murderer it reveals a funny, touching and intimate story. The show is based on the killer's ‘manifesto’, an autobiographical document emailed to family members and friends before the killings. Built around this impulse for autobiography ...

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Palmyra – Summerhall, Edinburgh

men dancing

Reviewer: David Doyle Nasi Voutsas and Bertrand Lesca have returned to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe following the success of Eurohouse last year. That production explored the making and unmaking of the European Union in the wake of austerity and the fracturing of the European project. This year their performance is no less ambitious as they turn their attention to the ...

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Penthouse – The Space on Niddry Street, Edinburgh

stockinged womans leg on bed noose hanging from ceiling

Writer: Ed Brody Director: Kate Williams and Chris White Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs In the penthouse of a hotel a young banker plans to end his life after losing £1.8 billion in illegal trades. Before he does, he is going to have the ultimate blowout. It’s a good premise, but, sadly, his definition of ultimate blowout shows a lack of imagination that ...

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NEWS: Edinburgh International Festival opens with Bloom

st andrew sqaure edinburgh lightshow

By JOHN KENNEDY The majestic central column in St.Andrew's Square lent a magnificent viewpoint for the venerable, dynastic godfather of 19th Century civil engineering, Robert Stevenson, grandfather of Robert Louis. Tonight it was very much "Beam me up, Scottie". They were the Edinburgh lighthouse family who shone a beam of guiding global vision. Skipping the laser light fantastic, Standard Life's ...

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Penetrator – C Cubed, Edinburgh

naked man holding teddy bear in front of genitals

Writer: Anthony Neilson Director: Julia Midtgard Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs Fear No Colours production of Anthony Neilson’s 1993 play opens with a voiceover of a porn magazine story as Max reads it and masturbates. When he finishes and his flat mate Alan returns, he has to, quickly and awkwardly, hide the magazine. It sounds like a bleak reconstruction of Men Behaving Badly, ...

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