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The Bastard Children of Remington Steele – Underbelly Belly Dancer, Edinburgh

Writer: Sadie Hasler Director: Sarah Mayhew Reviewer: Linford Butler Boasting dark comedy, a well-formed story and an admirably direct style, Old Trunk's The Bastard Children of Remington Steele is a nice idea reasonably well delivered. Following the story of three orphaned children living at a nunnery, and their eerie, slightly disturbed friend Beatrice, Old Trunk have managed to craft a ...

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Cuckooed – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Mark Thomas Director: Emma Callander Reviewer: John Roberts Once again Mark Thomas delivers a blisteringly funny yet searingly powerful look into one of the many chapters in his life. Where Bravo Figero looked into the relationship between Thomas and his opera loving father, Cuckooed delves into the relationship of Thomas and long term best friend Martin.Martin was a long ...

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Belfast Boy – Spotlites at The Merchants’ Hall, Edinburgh

Director and Writer: Kat Woods Reviewer: Danielle Shields A simple chair is placed at the front of the 5 by 3 meter venue. There are no other props but that one chair. It is soon to be filled by creative actor Declan Perring who will tell to us the painful true events that happen in the life of Martin Hall. ...

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Mark Dolan Changes the World – Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

Reviewer: John Roberts Mark Dolan has become a regular feature on TV over the part few years, not primarily as a stand-up comedian but as a presenter and documentary maker. The premise for his show this year, is that he plans to change the world, he has a manifesto and he's going to share it with us all... As with ...

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Private Peaceful – Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptation: Simon Reade Director: Simon Reade "Tonight, I want to believe there's a heaven, that there's a life after death, like father said. That death is not a full stop." Scamp Theatre's production of Private Peaceful is already a well-established piece of theatre. Its flyer - justifiably boastful - is adorned with five-star reviews. They aren't undeserved. ...

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Blood at the Root – Assembly George Square Studios, Edinburgh

Director: Steve Broadnax Writer: Dominique Morisseau Reviewer: Danielle Shields “Three nooses hanging on the branch of that great old tree.” An image like this forces us to imagine the horrifying actions of the past. YetBlood at the Rootis not set in America’s distasteful history. These nooses are not tightly elevating the lifeless bodies of innocent victims; they are a High ...

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The Dispute – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Director and Writer: Emily Kempson Reviewer: Danielle Shields Imagine if you believed that you were the only human in the world only to come face-to-face with another being. How would you react? Based on Pierre de Marivaux’s erotic play,The Disputecontemplates this unnerving idea by using an experiment to discover which sex is more untrustworthy when it comes to love. Four ...

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Victorian Vices: The Picture of Dorian Gray – theSpace, Edinburgh

Artistic Director: Dave Spencer Musical Director: Jo Turner Writer: Oscar Wilde Reviewer: Danielle Shields When the cast escort you into the room, already dressed in their beautifully designed Victorian outfits and singing their heart out, you notice that there is something purely vital for any theatre venue missing: chairs.You, alongside every other audience member, shuffle like dazed sheep towards thecentreof ...

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