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Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog – Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh

woman with two plastic frogs

Writer: Sofie Hagen Reviewer: Faye Hadley The title of Sofie Hagen’s latest Fringe offering comes from a series of grim experiments in the 1800s which concluded that a slowly boiled frog would fail to notice its impending doom. This, coupled with trigger warnings placed on seats, suggests a far more gruelling hour than is on offer. While Hagen skilfully tackles ...

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My Name is Irrelevant – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

man looking at a film slide

Writer: Matthew Hall Director: Ross MacKay Reviewer: Tom Ralphs A slide projector mounted on a collection of notebooks, against a backdrop that includes a video player, diaries and paperbacks is the setting for My Name is Irrelevant. It looks like the bedsit of someone trapped in a 1970s childhood, making it the perfect setting for a piece that deals with ...

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The Revlon Girl – Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Writer: Neil Anthony Docking Director: Maxine Evans Reviewer: Tom Ralphs In 1966 in Aberfan in Wales, 150,000 tonnes of waste from a coal mine gave way causing the deaths of 116 schoolchildren and 28 others at the local school. Several months later a Revlon saleswoman arrives to sell make up at the weekly meeting of bereaved mothers. Based on a ...

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Cosmic Scallies – Summerhall, Edinburgh

man and woman with close captions in background

Writer: Jackie Hagan Director: Amit Sharma Reviewer: Chloe St George Could we really be less tolerant, in cities, than people are out in the sticks? One would assume the opposite; cities tend to be more multicultural, more progressive. Shaun, one character in Jackie Hagan's two-hander Cosmic Scallies, criticises posh old Manchester, where one can't be oneself, compared to at home ...

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Sigma – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

kaleidoscope of woman in headdress

Choreographer: Seeta Patel Reviewer: Chloe St George If you take a form like dance, or circus, that, to the untrained eye at least, is all about the visuals and the spectacle, it doesn't always have to justify its meaning. All we ask is that it be pleasing on the eye. But if you take such a form and try to ...

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Misterman – C Primo, Edinburgh

man in jacket with angel wings

Writer: Enda Walsh Director: Kate Gaul Reviewer: Chloe St George  By the time Laura Marling's Devils Spoke rang out at the end of the performance, some audience members' tears were in freefall. "All of this can be broken, hold your devil by his spoke and spin him to the ground." So goes Marling's verse, rather prophetic of Enda Walsh's Misterman ...

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The Chess Player – C Primo, Edinburgh

man in white shirt

Writer: Richard McElvain (inspired by the novella by Stefan Zweig)  Reviewer: R. G. Balgray Think chess, and what do you get. Images: two old men; long hot summer afternoons; interminable pauses between moves; and long-brewed silences. This is part, but not all, of Richard McElvain’s subject-matter in his re-working of Stefan Zweig’s The Chess Player at C Primo in Hill ...

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