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Jim Davidson: No Further Action – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Writer: Jim Davidson Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald With a reputation as one of Britain's most controversial comedians, Jim Davidson's appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival was bound to cause a stir. Some say any press is good press, but Davidson deserves more. After a damp wait outside the aptly named Rainy Hall, Jim Davidson's audience are led up through a staircase ...

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Fearnot Wood – Just the Tonic at the Mash House, Edinburgh

Director and Writer: Rob Thomson Reviewer: Danielle Shields The Fringe for many reasons is a strange experience. Usually when you go to the theatre you are already expecting a good performance so the thought in the back of your mind sounds something like: ‘Gosh I hope this ends well’. When you see a Fringe show however your ratings are more ...

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The Pianist – Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Marina Spark Head down to Assembly Roxy this Edinburgh Festival Fringe if you fancy seeing some top notch clowning and physical comedy.The Pianist, created by Thomas Monckton in collaboration with Circo Aereo, follows a hilariously hapless, accident prone pianist as he tries to begin his concert. In true clowning style nothing is ever achieved and Monckton delivers comic genius ...

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The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare – C Too, Edinburgh

Writer: Brian K. Stewart Director: John Koensgen Reviewer: Jon Wainwright David Warburton gives a tremendous solo performance as an unnamed actor in Shakespeare's company, with only a carrot, a table and a joint-stool as props. Naturally, he begins with Hamlet's advice to the players, to "not saw the air too much" and to temper the "whirlwind of passion" with a ...

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Kitty in the Lane – Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall, Edinburgh

Writer and Director: Aine Ryan Reviewer: Danielle Shields Kitty may not be having a jolly night, waiting for her father to kick the bucket and for her boyfriend to pick her up can be quite a drag, but at least we are having a pleasant morning in the company of an Irish gem. It is incredible thatKitty in the Laneis ...

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Foil, Arms & Hog – Underbelly, Edinburgh

Writers: Foil, Arms &Hog Reviewer: Joanna Trainor Dark mime, Kingsmill Bread marketing slogans and a tee-total Irishman; there is nothing not to love about Foil, Arms &Hog's brand of sketch comedy. So much a Fringe favourite that they had to add an extra show on Saturday, with people so desperate to see it that they're sitting squeezed together on the ...

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The Most Serious Ailments of St Krank’s – Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Tom Penn Writer: Richard Fredman Director: Alex Scott Reviewer: Joanna Trainor "Ahoy!" Inventive, imaginative and hilarious, Babolin Theatre's offering at this year's Festival Fringe is riotous fun. On the Great shores of Great Yarmouth, Jenkin from North London is having to cope with being a new doctor in the hallowed halls of St Krank's hospital. Mix in a Kraken, ...

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No Belles – Sweet Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Jon Wainwright More spoken word than drama, this show tells of that "rare breed of women" who overcome discrimination and the intrinsic difficulties of their chosen field to win a Nobel Prize. As we enter, the three performers catch us off guard by introducing themselves, shaking hands and asking how we heard about the show and so on. Don't ...

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