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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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Chris is Dead – theSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh

Writer: Vicki Baron Director: Vicki Baron Reviewer : Joanna Trainor Chris is dead, but his friends have to keep living. Empty Photo Theatre's production exposes the anger, guilt and range of coping mechanisms a person can go through after someone so intrinsically part of their life dies. Having most of a play's story in what isn't said can make riveting ...

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The Fair Intellectual Club – Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Director: Marilyn Imrie Writer: Lucy Porter Reviewer: Danielle Shields The debut play from Mock The Week comedian Lucy Porter is based on the true events of 1717 when a secret all-female club was born. Three 19-year-olds: a yearning poet (Samara MacLaren), a Newton nerd (Jessica Hardwick) and a gossiper (Caroline Deyga) create The Fair Intellectual Club in order to expand ...

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National Loaf – Paradise in The Vault, Edinburgh

Writer: Laura Witz Director: Laura Witz Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Wartime posters are plastered on every available surface of this army rationing office, with stirring slogans such as 'Food is a weapon'. The dense, brick-sized object wielded by Henrietta Baker could certainly knock out a Hun or two, but it's actually meant to be eaten: this is the national loaf. None ...

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My Obsession – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer:Suki Webster Director:John Nicholson Reviewer: Deborah Klayman A thirty minute play about a well-known comedian played by a well-known comedian sounds like a shoe-in for a fun half hour. Written by Paul Merton’s real-life wife Suki Webster, and starring the pair, the playlet revolves around comedian Danny Haywood (Merton) who wakes up to find an obsessed fan in his hotel ...

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Britannia Waves the Rules – Summerhall@Roundabout, Edinburgh

Writer: Gareth Farr Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Deborah Klayman The men in Carl Jackson’s world offer little in the way of rôle models: the drug-dealing Appletons, his uninspiring uncle Charles, and his father who has retreated into a childlike world since the death of his Carl’s mother. The bright lights of Blackpool are of little solace, masking the poverty and ...

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The Snow Dog – Pleasance Two, Edinburgh

Writer: Sarah Nelson Composer: Rebecca Applin Reviewer: John Roberts A children's show that is designed to look at death and loss could in the wrong hands lead to a disastrous and patronising hour however in the extremely capable hands of Bedford's Full House Theatre company, The Snow Dog becomes a touching, humorous and at times tear-jerking show that has plenty ...

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CTRL + ALT + DELETE – Zoo Venues, Edinburgh

Writer: Emma Packer Reviewer: John Roberts Character actress Emma Packer knows how to challenge perceptions, the raw prose in CTRL + ALT + DELETE packs a powerful punch, as the rhyming couplets cut to the core with a street-edged swipe. Packer plays Amy an emotionally charged teenager with a strong political heart, this is her challenge to the injustices of ...

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