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Emily Brown and the Thing – Pleasance Two, Edinburgh

Writer: Cressida Cowell &Neal Layton Adaptor: Tall Stories Music/Lyrics: Jon Fiber &Andy Shaw Director: Olivia Jacobs Reviewer: John Roberts Tall Stories return to the Fringe with the latest of their picture book page to stage adaptations with Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton's charming tale Emily Brown and the Thing. Emily Brown is a little heavier than yesterday and about the ...

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The House of Bernarda Alba – theSpace on Niddry Street, Edinburgh

Writer: Federico GarcíaLorcaDirector: Steve GreenReviewer: Joanna Trainor The heat, the house, the clothing; everything in the House of Bernarda Alba is oppressive. Fourth Monkey's performance of the classic Lorca play is as claustrophobic for the audience as it is for the characters.After the death of their Father, an eight year mourning period is placed upon the five daughters of Bernarda. ...

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Dead Fresh – theSpace on North Bridge, Edinburgh

Creators: Z Theatre Company Reviewer: Danielle Shields When you see an advertisement for a show about Freshers’ Week your obvious first instinct is to stay clear if you are over 25-years-old as this comedy will be aimed at the innuendo-loving student generation and you are supposed to be past that stage. On the other hand, if you are a student ...

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A Quartet of Chekhov Farces – theSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh

Writer: Anton Chekhov Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Directed and performed by sixth formers from Magdalen College School, four absurdist pieces by Chekhov are cleverly combined to produce an enjoyable show. The dozen or so performers all look the part in period costume, and although they are not always entirely convincing in their rôles (a teenager playing an old man is a ...

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What Does the Title Matter Anyway? – Underbelly, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Callum Stott Billed cheekily as, “nothing like anything you have seen before”, Clive Anderson and a well-known host of gods of improvisation, take to the stage to perform a 14 night run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. As a surprisingly fresh-faced Clive Anderson begins to introduce the night’s participants, a mass of improvisation hungry fans cheer at the very ...

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Austen – theSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh

Writers: Bernie C. Byrnes and Rob Winlow Director: Matthew Gould Musical Director: James Cleeve Reviewer: Danielle Shields Dear Reader, It has come to my attention that an arts festival has beenutilisingmy prose as well as my life story to sell as entertainment. Although I do not endorse any such mimicry, it was at the request of my beloved friend Walter ...

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Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope – Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

Writer: Mark Farrelly Director: Linda Marlowe Reviewer: Gareth Davies Famed for his autobiographyThe Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp became an iconic figure in the annals of gay history. Maintaining an absolute defiance of society's demand's to assimilate and become 'normalised', Crisp was resolute in living his life on his own terms, and in this new play by Mark Farrelly (who ...

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