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Amy K – theSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh

Writer and Director: Deborah Gibbs Reviewer: Danielle Shields Our consciousness has transformed into a series of don’ts: don’t be late, don’t eat that banoffee pie, don’t buy that scarf. It’s a claustrophobic mess where we can’t give in to temptation without being criticised by others. As the 21stcentury chugs along, it is becoming more common to classify George Orwell as ...

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Punk Rock – Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall, Edinburgh

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Clare Howdon Reviewer: Danielle Shields You expect there to be a dozen productions of William Shakespeare’s Hamletannually at the Fringe. You expect Simon Stephens’ modern private school dramaPunk Rockto appear only once, however, this high tense play is popular teaching material among sixth form students in England resulting in three companies bringing the controversial work to ...

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Fascinating Aida: Charm Offensive – Udderbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Director: Pip Broughton Reviewer: Marina Spark Fringe favourites Fascinating Aida are at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe after forming 30 years ago. Their newest show,Charm Offensive, proves that they are still on top form. For those that haven't seen this legendary show, it has a cabaret feel to it showcasing witty, cutting songs, most of which have been written by either ...

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The Duck Pond – Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh

Directors: Tom Coxon and Helen Kate Lindley Reviewer: Danielle Shields WithWINGS demonstrate the correct way to put a modern twist on a classic tale. The circus styled performance sees an unamused Prince (James Bennett) fall in love with a man he meets in the moonlight on his 21stbirthday at a fun fair. The trouble is during the day his lover ...

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Kindred Spirits The Musical – theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh

Book: Laraine Tomlinson Music and Lyrics: Alan Tomlinson Reviewer: Danielle Shields It is a wonder that this poignant tale of the challenges faced by two boys who becomeKindred Spiritsis an original piece by a married couple. The amount of work that has been carved into this musical suggests that it could be a Broadway show adaptation. Jack and Joe dream ...

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Leaving Home Party – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Catherine Ireton Director: Caroline Byrne &Catherine Ireton Reviewer: Danielle Shields This year the Fringe has played host to an enormous amount of well-composed fresh-eyed Irish one-woman shows. There is always one play however which breaks the chain of pristine deliciousness and this time around it is Catherine Ireton’s own coming-of-age storyLeaving Home Party. With such an unusual indie-esque voice ...

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Frozen – theSpace on North Bridge, Edinburgh

Writer: Bryony Lavery Director: Liam Blain Reviewer: Danielle Shields In 1998 Bryony Lavery introduced her controversial playFrozenat the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Out of Town Productions have returned to the Fringe this year with their interpretation on the Tony Award nominated drama which asks us: is it possible to forgive the actions of a serial killer? Three lives are affected and ...

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When it Rains – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Writer: Anthony Black Dramaturg: Christian Barry Director: Anthony Black Reviewer: Michelle Haynes The meaning of life, the meaning of meaning and the chances of fateful happenings that occur along the way is something that has been pondered almost since life began. 2b Theatre Company poses these thoughts to us in their existential play, When it Rains. The trivialities of our ...

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