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Macbheatha – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Director: Liz Carruthers Reviewer: Marina Spark Scottish theatre company, White Stage Theatre Company, are staging a Gaelic translation and adaptation of the famous Shakespearean taleMacbeth. The punchy adaptation involves Macbheatha and Lady Macbheatha in the live action and has the other characters communicating by projected action, video diary or news update. The original text has been adapted well to fit ...

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Sunshine on Leith – The Famous Speigeltent, Edinburgh

Music/Lyrics: The Proclaimers Book: Stephen Greenhorn Director: Sally Lyall Reviewer: John Roberts Edinburgh based Captivate Theatre have the coup of being the first company to ever perform the fringe premiere of The Proclaimers and Stephen Greenhorn's Sunshine on Leith. Originally performed in 2007 and subsequently made into a musical film by director Dexter Fletcher. Sunshine on Leith tells the story ...

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My Name is Saoirse – Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Writer: Eva O’Connor Director: Hildegard Ryan Reviewer: Danielle Shields Saoirse is quite plain compared to other protagonists we meet during one-woman shows at the Fringe. Her whole demeanor and personalisation screams average, although it doesn’t take long for us to fall in love with this shy soul. In the present she is a gloomy sad mess and it is only ...

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Sunday in the Park with George – C Venues, Edinburgh

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: James Lapine Director: Gareth Mattey Reviewer: John Roberts “White, a blank page or canvas. The challenge bring order to the whole, through design, composition, balance, light, and harmony.” The opening lines to Sondheim’s musical inspired by the painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, gives any future productions a ...

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Pondling – Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

Writer: Genevieve Hulme-Beaman Director: Paul Meade Reviewer: Danielle Shields The moment bright white lights shine down on the petite frame of Genevieve Hulme-Beaman it comes as quite a shock when her small mouth lets out a barking voice pronouncing every syllable as she describes her adoration for her new black shiny shoes.It’s fair to say your ears are a little ...

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Jo Caulfield: Cancel My Subscription – The Stand, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Mark McCulloch Jo Caulfield, nominated as one of the ‘Funniest Women’ in 2010 by LAFTA brings her sell-out, standing room only show Cancel My Subscription to this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Caulfield, of Mock the Week, Have I Got News for You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks fametakesher audience on an hour long journey of jokes that have little ...

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Thief – Hill Street Solo Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Liam Rudden Reviewer: Mark McCulloch Thief, isthe fictional tale of Sailor, a man who has entered the ‘oldest profession’, living a life of dark debauchery: drugs, alcohol, sex, self-harm and pain. We explore the journey of his life and how he came to be, in this one man, award winning drama inspired by the life and works of Jean ...

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Into the Woods Jr – Greenside @ Nicolson Square, Edinburgh

Book: James Lapine Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Reviewer: Danielle Shields After 2013’s gritty adaptation of Jim Cartwright’s poverty stricken playRoad,centered on Thatcher’s regime, it comes as a surprise that accidentallyon Purpose Productions have returned to Greenside @ Nicolson Square with a fun fairytale musical. As much as Into the Woods Jnr is a pleasing experience for youngsters; itis the ...

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