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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical – Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Callum Stott Improvised musicals have become a quite a big feature of the Fringe over the last few years and one of the most entertaining and successful takes on this theatrical trend is Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. Having being a sell-out show at the Fringe for seven years in a row, Showstopper defines what is meant by improvised musical ...

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The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writers: Jon Haynes &David Woods Director: Ridiculusmus Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Challenging the stigma or accepted treatment of an illness such as Schizophrenia can be difficult in any arena, yetJon Haynes &David Woods are attempting to do just that in their new workThe Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland.Both men have real-world experience of mental illness: Haynes was sectioned for six ...

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The 56 – Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Creators: FYSA Theatre Reviewer: Linford Butler On the 11th May, 1985, a fire broke out under a wooden stand at Bradford City's home stadium, during a home game against Lincoln City. Now thought of as the forgotten disaster of the 1980s, it claimed the lives of fifty-six supporters at the ground on that day. FYSA's The 56 tells the story ...

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Six Billion Suns – ZOO The Monkey House, Edinburgh

Director: Eva Rysová Dramaturg: Ondřej Novotný Music: Paweł Passini and Daniel Monska Reviewer: Linford Butler "I don't understand it. What are we waiting for?" The first line of Six Billion Suns comes in almost five minutes after it begins, during which time a single elderly woman looks around, studies the audience and gets distracted by her own hands in the ...

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Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult – Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

Writer: Tim Fountain Director: Mike Bradwell Reviewer: Gareth Davies A hate figure to many, an icon of journalism to some, Julie Burchill is known for writing inflammatory newspaper articles, and for being sacked as a consequence on more than one occasion. In Tim Fountain's second play about her life and career we see Burchill considering the next stage of her ...

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The Hunting of the Snark – Greenside@Nicolson Square, Edinburgh

Adaptation: Forks and Hope Ensemble from the poem by Lewis Carroll Director: Josh Sobel Movement Director: Aileen McGroddy Reviewer: Gareth Davies Lewis Carroll's literary wild goose chase may be neither as familiar nor as iconic as hisWonderlandbooks, but there is still tremendous fun to be had in the company of the Bellman, Beaver, Baker, Butcher and all manner of other ...

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6: A New Musical – Space at North Bridge, Edinburgh

Book/Music/Lyrics: Zack Zadek Director: Matt Harrison Reviewer: John Roberts And a breeze of fresh air blows across the fringe in the shape of 6: A New Musical a refreshing and well constructed piece of musical theatre that stands well ahead of most pieces in this genre at the Fringe this year. American composer Zack Zadek has a strong understanding of ...

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Eric and Little Ern – The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

Creators: Ian Ashpitel &Jonty Stephens Featured Material: Eddie Braben, Dick Hills, Sid Green Director: Owen Lewis Reviewer: John Roberts There was 15 years between the unexpected death of Eric Morecambe and the passing of Ernie Wise, for over 50 years the pair were the best of friends and the closest of companions. They were the champions of prime time TV ...

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