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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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Jess Robinson: Mighty Voice – The Pleasance Ace Dome, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Robin Winters Star of TV show Dead Ringers and the recent UK tour of Jim Cartwright's The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, impressionist Jess Robinson invites us to spin the wheels, and watch as she sings a selection of songs in the style of an ever changing array of female artists. Mighty Voice certainly allows Robinson to showcase ...

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