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On Ice – Summerhall, Edinburgh

woman inside giant rubber ring

Reviewer: David Doyle The Big in Belgium season has become one of the mainstays of the Fringe calendar each year and amongst this year’s offerings is On Ice. Suzanne Grotenhuis won her prize for her last show, and with it came a prize fund of €2000. The money was intended to make a new show but in Belgium, that’s not ...

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Deadly Dialogues – C Venue, Edinburgh

two womens heads spray painted on a wall

Writer: Nazish Khan  Director: Jessica Lazar Reviewer: Chloe St George "Evils find a justified outlet...those evils become 3D". Such is one explanation for radicalisation entertained in Deadly Dialogues. Other explanations are less black and white. A manipulative rhetoric that 'gets under your skin'? Adopting someone's ideology in exchange for protection and trust? Or because God's rules would have kept you ...

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Not About Heroes – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

two men in first world war army uniforms

Reviewer: David Doyle It is one hundred years since Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen met at Craiglockhart in Edinburgh while recovering from their involvement in the First World War. The meeting of two of the most important poets of their generation at a time of such importance for their society is one that has inspired many retellings. The anniversary provides ...

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Séance – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Emily Hall Séance has brought binaural sound to the Fringe, expanding the art form and making impressive new strides with a low-cost production promising a new, innovative medium for sound-based performance during the Fringe. The small production seats only 20 people and lasts only 15 minutes. Bevelled wallpaper, an old table and eerie lighting show incredible attention to detail considering the shipping ...

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A Hundred Different Words for Love – Summerhall, Edinburgh

man in red dress which is on fire

Reviewer: Emily Hall James Rowland doesn’t need any frills to make you laugh and cry. A Hundred Different Words for Love is storytelling at its finest: beautiful, simple, funny, and utterly engaging. Listen to Rowland tell a “completely fictional” story about a girl, poignantly and hilariously revealing all of the small details and complex emotions that relationships live and die ...

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Auditions – Sweet Grassmarket, Edinburgh

two men two women dressed in black

Book: Michael Sharmon Music & Lyrics: Michael Sharmon Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Inspired by creator Michael Sharmon's personal experience and seemingly hugely influenced by A Chorus Line, Auditions is a somewhat clichéd take on the much-dreaded audition process. The hugely experienced cast of four, play out a series of vignettes on ageism, sexism, racism and nepotism to name a few -isms, each accompanied ...

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Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

woman with croissant and strawberries on her head

Reviewer: Emily Hall Travellers from out of town hoping to get the most out Fringe will all appreciate Pleasance’s Bite-Sized Breakfast Shows. Human and relatable, each one of these short plays is worth seeing, squeezing a plethora of genres into just one morning. The show wastes no time. You are handed tea, strawberries and a croissant on the door and ...

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Mies Julie – Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

man woman lying on table two women fanning them

Writer: Yael Farber (after August Strindberg) Director: Yael Farber Reviewer: Deborah Klayman A smash hit in 2012, Mies Julie returns to this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the Baxter Theatre Season. Based on August Strindberg’s classic play with its strong themes of gender and class, this version is transported to post-Apartheid South Africa; superbly adapted, modernised and staged ...

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