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The Return of Savonarola – theSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh

Writer: Trevor T. Smith Reviewer: Jon Wainwright A drunk actor staggers onstage, barely able to stand or speak. It's part of the performance, we hope, although for one disconcerting moment Trevor T. Smith is a little too convincing. Then, as he is possessed by the spirit of Savonarola (which would make anyone sober up), he stands bolt upright, and is ...

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Potted Sherlock – The Pleasance One, Edinburgh

Writer: Dan Clarkson &Tom Clarkson Reviewer: John Roberts Dan (Clarkson) and Jeff (Turner) have become a cult hit at the fringe after their Potted Potter, Potted Panto and Potted Pirates shows, now the pair jump on the new found/hip trend of Sherlock Holmes with... Yes, you guessed it Potted Sherlock - a 70 minute, manic, slapstick fueled romp through all ...

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Silk Road: Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Writer: Alex Oates Director: Dominic Shaw Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Drugs and the internet, both big businesses today, put the two together, dynamic. Young Bruce Blackmore (James Baxter) lives with his ageing Nan. At a party, he is introduced to drugs and bowled over by a girl, two things that change his life. Being a small time DJ at the local ...

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Chalk About – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Devised by: Christine Devaney &Leandro Kees Reviewer: Michelle Haynes What makes people happy, sad, or angry and ultimately what makes people who they are, is something that is constantly explored throughout childhood and continues into later life. Curious Seed brings us an imaginative and playful way of discovering ourselves through dance, chalk drawings, chat and audience interaction, in their creative ...

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Simon Callow in Juvenalia – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Adaptation: Richard Quick from a translation by Peter Green Director: Simon Stokes Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Juvenal was an angry middle class man, born circa AD 55; he wrote 16 satires attacking the decadence of Rome and its moral decline, sound familiar? Women, gays, immigrants and plutocrats are among the subjects targeted. These satires were first delivered in AD 100, but ...

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Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Music and lyrics: Rhythmic Circus Reviewer: Joanna Trainor With the bass vibrating through your feet, it is impossible not to have a dance in your chair throughout Rhythmic Circus' Feet Don't Fail Me Now. The mix of beat boxing, quick fire tap dancing and a funk, blues band gives the Rainy Hall at the Assembly Hall an incredible party vibe. ...

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Swimming – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Writer: Jane Upton Director: Paul Bourne Reviewer: Danielle Shields It’s the heat of summer and three teenagers are working at a café on the Isle of Wight. Once the darker months dawn, two wish to flock whereas one is afraid to dip his toes into the stone-cold water. With a microscope on this isolated area, it is not long before ...

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Mercury Fur – C Venues C, Edinburgh

Writer : Philip Ridley Director: Jules Crossley Reviewer: Joanna Trainor A post-apocalyptic East End is the backdrop to Philip Ridley's brutal and disturbing Mercury Fur. The world of machete wielding gangs, burnt out flats and hallucinogenic butterflies that Theatre Oikos presents is so intense and distressing that it is impossible to look away. The question of how far you would ...

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