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Sweep Up the Stars – Just the Tonic at The Caves, Edinburgh

Writer: Patrick Robertson Director: Patrick Robertson Reviewer: Jaclyn Martin Bill is no Mozart. He hasn't written his masterpiece by the age of 8. However, he has started having conversations with his future self, William. He's not having the smoothest ride in life. His mother abandoned him and his father has severe depression, but as William tells his younger self "Great ...

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – C Venues, Edinburgh

Book: Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock &Willie Gilbert Music: Frank Loesser Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director: Ellie Gauge Reviewer: Callum Stott How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a comedic musical from the forgotten age of all singing, all dancing, MGM-type musicals. Sure the plot may not be the strongest, but if you are looking for a show in which ...

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Critical – Spotlites @ Merchants’ Hall, Edinburgh

Reviewer:Alan Smithy Edinburgh Fringe reviewers beware; acts are tired of getting one star reviews, but in the case ofCritical (A Sociopath’s Guide to Influencing Edinburgh Fringe Reviewers)they’ve decided to do something about it. Theatre company Practical Magic let you in on their plan to improve their reviews and more critically their all-important star rating. The setting in the round, in ...

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So It Goes – Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

Writers: Hannah Moss &David Ralfe Reviewer: Linford Butler “I’m not going to speak,” writes Hannah Moss on a whiteboard, silently, before rubbing it out and writing two words: “It’s easier”. On The Run’s So It Goes is a very personal, extremely brave show which attempts to come to terms with the long-term process of dealing with and responding to the ...

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Animal Farm: Assembly George Square Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Writer: George Orwell Director and Adaptor: Guy Masterson Reviewer: Marina Spark The Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre retell George Orwell's anti-totalitarian tale of Soviet communism, Animal Farm at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year. The classic, allegorical 'fairy tale' is set on an English farm. The animals rise up together to overthrow the humans only to eventually be subjected to the same ...

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Casting the Runes – theSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh

Writer: M.R. James Director: Robert Soulsby-Smith Reviewer: Danielle Shields “Because he knows a frightful fiend. Doth close behind him tread.” Yes there is a creepy un-gentleman on the loose and we can deal with anyone as long as it’s not a bad actor. Thankfully a bad actor it is not. Based on M.R. James’s thrilling short story,Casting the Runesillustrates the ...

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Show 6 – Summerhall@Roundabout, Edinburgh

Writer: Mark Ravenhill Director: Caroline Steinbeis Reviewer: Deborah Klayman The latest offering from prolific playwright Mark Ravenhill, Show 6, is a piece that can, at times, be as oblique as its title. Set in a dystopian world where the “haves” are spoiled, drug-addled and bored and the “have not’s” are of no concern, Steven Webb’ central character embarks on a ...

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