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Mies Julie – Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

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Writer: Yael Farber (after August Strindberg) Director: Yael Farber Reviewer: Deborah Klayman A smash hit in 2012, Mies Julie returns to this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the Baxter Theatre Season. Based on August Strindberg’s classic play with its strong themes of gender and class, this version is transported to post-Apartheid South Africa; superbly adapted, modernised and staged ...

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Gazing at a Distant Star – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Writer: Siân Rowland Director: James Haddrell Reviewer: Deborah Klayman When someone you care about goes missing, how do you move on? How do you grieve, find closure, or make sense of things when you are constantly in limbo? In Siân Rowland’s Gazing at a Distant Star, Karen, Arun and Anna each exist in their own space, tangentially connected, all trying ...

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Your Love Is Fire – Summerhall, Edinburgh

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Writer: Mudar Alhaggi Director: Rafat Alzakout Reviewer: Chloe St George It is the world premiere of Your Love Is Fire, and the image of a cat teasing and finally devouring a mouse sets the subsequent tone: slow torture. In a dim Damascus apartment, Hala and Rand are forced to act out daily struggles, against a backdrop of chaos in the ...

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Brutal Cessation – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

man and woman sit on floor in a white space

Writer: Milly Thomas Director: Bethany Pitts Reviewer: Stephen Bates When relationships go wrong, the result can be amicable (or unamicable) separation; in celebrity circles it can be “conscious uncoupling”, but, in her 50-minute play, Milly Thomas asks us to consider another option - that of brutal cessation. An unnamed couple face each other inside an unfurnished white square; they are ...

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Aaron Calvert: Awaken – La Belle Angele, Edinburgh

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Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The lure of the stage rather than the stethoscope has led trained doctor Aaron Calvert to Edinburgh for his second stint at the Fringe. Inspired as a child by feats of human strength and the US Intelligence services' selection process, Calvert presents a combination of psychology, hypnosis and 'telepathy' in Awaken. Calvert's show isn't exactly treading new ground. ...

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Alexander Fox: Ringo – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

man in ringo starr's sergeant pepper jacket holding drumsticks

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It's the moments of pure storytelling that resonate most in Alexander Fox's debut solo hour of original comedy: Ringo. In 2006, a then teenaged Fox, met and began a pen-pal correspondence with the world's most famous drummer, The Beatles' Ringo Starr. What follows is an at times surreal, biographical tale, with appearances from the Cadbury's gorilla drumming to Phil ...

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Replay – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

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Writer: Nicola Wren Director: George Chilcott Reviewer: Stephen Bates A policewoman's lot is not a happy one. Performing her own hour-long monologue in the aptly-named Bunker One at the Pleasance Courtyard, Nicola Wren requires herself to drop to a seated position on the hard concrete floor repeatedly, perhaps showing us that an actor’s lot is not always so happy either. ...

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Fag/Stag – Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

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Writers: Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Chris Isaacs Reviewer: Stephen Bates Coming of age stories are fairly common, but they usually feature characters at least a decade younger than the pair in this hour-long duologue from Australia. Fag/Stag, written and performed by Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Chris Isaacs, is a touching bromance, recounting the misadventures of two lads still struggling to ...

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