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Edinburgh Fringe: Bring The Noise – Pleasance Courtyard

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:5] This is the fifth year of The Noise Next Door at Edinburgh Fringe, and Bring The Noise cements their reputation as one of the most innovative and talented bands of improvisers around. Their work is so effortless and of such high quality that if it weren’t that one was there when some quite ridiculous suggestions are ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: It’s My Wonderful Life – theSpace@Jury’s Inn

Writer: Charles Michael Edmonds Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 2.5] A solo account of Charles Michael Edmonds’ real life experiences of drug use, rehab and the rocky road to recovery, It’s My Wonderful Life is frank with no frills. Performed by its author, it offers a look inside the mind of an addict who is in the depths of denial about ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Absolute Improv! – C Nova

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:2.5] To Be Continued…are an international trio of improvisers based in Edinburgh and originally formed in 2009. Their show, Absolute Improv!follows the usual routine for such shows: a series of games with suggestions from the audience and some audience participation. Unfortunately, they can only be as good as the audience’s suggestions, and these were sadly lacking in ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Company – C Venue C

Book: George Furth Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:4.5] Bobby is 35 and in the opinion of his friends and multiple girlfriends it’s high time he settled down. As he watches the couples around him disintegrate, the single guy wonders: Is this worth giving up my life for? One Academy, the production arm of ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Mother to Mother – Assembly George Square

Writer: Dr Sindiwe Magona Director: Janice Honeyman Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 4.5] On 25th August 1993, just months before South Africa celebrated democratic elections, American student Amy Biehl was murdered by youths from the Guguletu township. Based on a true story,Mother to Mother- a one woman play adapted from Dr Sindiwe Magona’s book of the same name - shows this ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: The Half – Assembly George Square

Writer: Richard Dormer Director: David Calvitto Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 3.5] Set backstage 35 minutes before the opening night of an actor’s one-man version of Hamlet, The Half is definitely a play that suits the Edinburgh Fringe. In a city that is teeming with performers a play about their backstage angst is certainly appealing, and the fact that the play ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Educating Rita – Assembly George Square

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 3.5] A brilliantly-written play that makes an unlikely couple of a Scouse hairdresser and a University Lecturer, Educating Rita is a piece that maintains its popularity by being funny, engaging and accessible. In an attempt to improve her life Rita enrols in an English Lit course via Open University, and ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Morning – Traverse Theatre

Writer: Simon Stephens Designer: Hyemi Shin Music: Michael Czepiel Director: Sean Holmes Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 4]   What do we think when a crime appears to have no reason behind it? As a society we find it necessary to get to the root of the matter, as believing that people just do terrible things randomly is too frightening to ...

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