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Mark Dolan Changes the World – Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

Reviewer: John Roberts Mark Dolan has become a regular feature on TV over the part few years, not primarily as a stand-up comedian but as a presenter and documentary maker. The premise for his show this year, is that he plans to change the world, he has a manifesto and he's going to share it with us all... As with ...

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Private Peaceful – Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptation: Simon Reade Director: Simon Reade "Tonight, I want to believe there's a heaven, that there's a life after death, like father said. That death is not a full stop." Scamp Theatre's production of Private Peaceful is already a well-established piece of theatre. Its flyer - justifiably boastful - is adorned with five-star reviews. They aren't undeserved. ...

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Blood at the Root – Assembly George Square Studios, Edinburgh

Director: Steve Broadnax Writer: Dominique Morisseau Reviewer: Danielle Shields “Three nooses hanging on the branch of that great old tree.” An image like this forces us to imagine the horrifying actions of the past. YetBlood at the Rootis not set in America’s distasteful history. These nooses are not tightly elevating the lifeless bodies of innocent victims; they are a High ...

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The Dispute – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Director and Writer: Emily Kempson Reviewer: Danielle Shields Imagine if you believed that you were the only human in the world only to come face-to-face with another being. How would you react? Based on Pierre de Marivaux’s erotic play,The Disputecontemplates this unnerving idea by using an experiment to discover which sex is more untrustworthy when it comes to love. Four ...

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Victorian Vices: The Picture of Dorian Gray – theSpace, Edinburgh

Artistic Director: Dave Spencer Musical Director: Jo Turner Writer: Oscar Wilde Reviewer: Danielle Shields When the cast escort you into the room, already dressed in their beautifully designed Victorian outfits and singing their heart out, you notice that there is something purely vital for any theatre venue missing: chairs.You, alongside every other audience member, shuffle like dazed sheep towards thecentreof ...

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Always Be Rolling – Bar 50, Edinburgh

Writer: James Cook Reviewer: Mark McCulloch Always Be Rolling, written and performed by James Cook is a comedy about ‘how board games can change your life and save the world’. The highly original piece is charmingly funny, exploring as it does the impact the growing phenomenon of board games have on our lives, from childhood to adulthood: be prepared for ...

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Cutting Off Kate Bush – Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

Director: Sam Curtis Lindsay Writer: Lucy Benson-Brown Reviewer: Danielle Shields The iconic high-pitched screech of Kate Bush is one voice that isrecognisedthroughout the world. Lucy Benson-Brown, the star of one woman show,Cutting Off Kate Bush, deserves an air high-five for her excellent impersonation of Bush’s ghostly vocal chords. Yet Ardent Theatre’s debut Edinburgh Fringe performance goes far deeper than a ...

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