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Richard Carpenter is Close to You – Underbelly Wee Coo, Edinburgh

Writer:  Matthew Floyd Jones Reviewer:  R. G. Balgray What must it be like to be “the other one”; to have your own genius, exceptional in its own right, but be outstarred, outshone, outeverythinged by your closest other? This is the territory marked out by Matthew Floyd Jones, so far best-known as one half of Frisky and Mannish, in his star ...

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The Soft Subject (A Love Story) – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

man writing on chalkboard surfaces

Writer: Chris Woodley Director: Amy Liptrott Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Chris Woodley takes us back to the classroom to tell his poignant, playful and practically perfect tale of love, loss and survival - The Soft Subject (A Love Story). As an ex-drama teacher, Woodley frames his autobiographical work as a lesson plan: Aim; Introduction; Starter Activity; Main Task; Evaluation, and for any teacher or ...

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The Believers Are But Brothers – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle Javaad Alipoor set out to make a piece about ISIS brides but that’s not the show he ultimately made. Instead, following his failure to engage with them on social media, he made a broader piece about the internet and extremism in its many forms. From the origins of Islamic extremism to the emergence of the alt-right, Alipoor ...

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Hero – Summerhall, Edinburgh

woman stretching out on floor

Reviewer: David Doyle Rokkur Friggjar’s Hero seeks to answer the question, what drives young people to join violent organisations? In today’s society, this question feels like a pertinent one and the choice to explore it through the lives of eight youths over a decade is one that has merit. With overtones of Frank Dedekind's Spring Awakening, the piece’s multi-character storyline ...

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Emotional Terrorism – Just the Tonic at the Caves, Edinburgh

woman in black leather jacket against brick wall

Writer: Ellyn Daniels Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs A great disservice has been done to this show. It’s been placed in the comedy section of the Fringe programme with a wacky photo of performer writer Ellyn Daniels to accompany it. Let’s get this straight from the start, this is not stand-up comedy. It is a frank, brave and, at times, shocking confessional.  It ...

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The HandleBards: As You Like It – Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

four women on wicker basketed bikes in edwardian dress

Reviewer: Emily Hall You won’t regret the trek outside of the Old Town to the fringe of the Fringe to the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens for this stunning dusk performance. The blooms and sunbathed castle in the distance might take your breath away, but the brash ladies who biked there to perform Shakespeare will take your food and your alcohol. Find ...

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Shappi Khorsandi: Mistress and Misfit – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Writer: Shappi Khorsandi Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs Are too many comedians talking about childhood, relationships or other obvious topics such as Brexit and Trump? If you answered yes to this, Shappi Khorsandi may restore your faith in comedy. Mistress and Misfit rises effortlessly above the comedy sludge and is funny and original in equal measure. Her inspiration is Emma, Lady Hamilton, who, ...

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Budapest Festival Orchestra – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

nicola benedetti with violin

Violin: Nicola Benedetti Composer: Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák Conductor: Iván Fischer Reviewer: S.E. Webster As 2017 marks the pivotal 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival, it seems more than fitting that Nicola Benedetti, a home-grown talent from West Kilbride in Scotland, should be performing on the Usher Hall stage alongside the Budapest Festival Orchestra. For the ...

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