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Mark Thomas: The Red Shed – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Mark Thomas Director: Joe Douglas Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Mark Thomas is pretty much a minor deity at the Edinburgh Fringe. His shows play to packed houses and his audiences invariably givehim a standing ovation, just as they did last year, just as they will next year. And, frankly, it's all very well deserved. Thomas is always a charismatic, commanding ...

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Spencer Jones – Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

Writer: Spencer Jones Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Spencer Jones was the surprise comedy hit of last year's festival. His show, Spencer Jones Presents The Herbert In Proper Job, was a gloriously barmy mix of anthropomorphic household objects, surreal audience participation, and brilliantly silly use of audio technology. This year, Jones has returned to Underbelly Cowgate with his 2015 hit, as well ...

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Daphne’s Second Show – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

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Writer: Phil Wang, Jason Forbes, George Fouracres Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Phil Wang, Jason Forbes and George Fouracres, alias Daphne, Britain's most ethnically diverse sketch group, turned heads at last year's festival with their debut show, a subversive, intelligent and thoroughly fresh hour of eclectic, scripted silliness. Their second show, imaginatively titled Daphne's Second Show, is a convincing follow-up, capturing the ...

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Whiteout – Zoo Southside, Edinburgh

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Choreographer: Natasha Gilmore Reviewer: David Doyle Exploring bi-racial relationships, Whiteout, by Barrowland Ballet, is a pulsating and tender look at the complexities of relationships, race, and their intersection. Inspired by her own personal experiences from her marriage and as a mother, Natasha Gilmore’s choreography explodes on the stageand demonstrates why Barrowland Ballet is one of Scotland's most successful contemporary dance ...

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World Without Us – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle What would happen if all of a sudden humanity stopped existing? That’s the question posed by Ontroerend Goed in their newest work, World Without Us. As a lone figure on stage narrates the changes to Earth in the wake of the disappearance of man, the piece meditates on mankind’s impact on the world around them, offering a ...

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The Murderer – Zoo Southside, Edinburgh

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Reviewer: David Doyle Clown Funeral combine a darkly amusing, and thought-provoking script with smart staging, and an unusual artistic practice to create a show that delivers on several fronts. The Murderer deals with society’s relationships with those convicted of crimes through the story of one convicted murderer forced to live with a carer while being rehabilitatedand reintroduced into society. It’s ...

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Milk – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Ross Dunmore Director: Orla O’Loughlin Reviewer: Fergus Morgan "Love is milk", remarks the heavily pregnant Nicole in Ross Dunmore’s first full-length play, Milk. It's that association of reciprocated devotion and nourishment that, more than anything else, defines the piece. Just as a mother's milk is needed boost a baby's immune system, Dunmore argues, love is essential to our survival. ...

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Diary Of A Madman – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Al Smith Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Al Smith's Diary Of A Madman is arguably the cherry on the top of the Traverse Theatre's Fringe. Staged in conjunction with Notting Hill's Gate Theatre, this loose adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's 1835 short story is sublimely topical, burning with a potent cocktail of caustic humour and socio-political anger and boasting ...

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