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The Believers Are But Brothers – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle Javaad Alipoor set out to make a piece about ISIS brides but that’s not the show he ultimately made. Instead, following his failure to engage with them on social media, he made a broader piece about the internet and extremism in its many forms. From the origins of Islamic extremism to the emergence of the alt-right, Alipoor ...

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Hero – Summerhall, Edinburgh

woman stretching out on floor

Reviewer: David Doyle Rokkur Friggjar’s Hero seeks to answer the question, what drives young people to join violent organisations? In today’s society, this question feels like a pertinent one and the choice to explore it through the lives of eight youths over a decade is one that has merit. With overtones of Frank Dedekind's Spring Awakening, the piece’s multi-character storyline ...

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The HandleBards: As You Like It – Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

four women on wicker basketed bikes in edwardian dress

Reviewer: Emily Hall You won’t regret the trek outside of the Old Town to the fringe of the Fringe to the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens for this stunning dusk performance. The blooms and sunbathed castle in the distance might take your breath away, but the brash ladies who biked there to perform Shakespeare will take your food and your alcohol. Find ...

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Shappi Khorsandi: Mistress and Misfit – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Writer: Shappi Khorsandi Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs Are too many comedians talking about childhood, relationships or other obvious topics such as Brexit and Trump? If you answered yes to this, Shappi Khorsandi may restore your faith in comedy. Mistress and Misfit rises effortlessly above the comedy sludge and is funny and original in equal measure. Her inspiration is Emma, Lady Hamilton, who, ...

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Budapest Festival Orchestra – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

nicola benedetti with violin

Violin: Nicola Benedetti Composer: Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák Conductor: Iván Fischer Reviewer: S.E. Webster As 2017 marks the pivotal 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival, it seems more than fitting that Nicola Benedetti, a home-grown talent from West Kilbride in Scotland, should be performing on the Usher Hall stage alongside the Budapest Festival Orchestra. For the ...

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Ongals: Babbling Comedy – Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

four koren men dressed as toddlers in babygrows

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Following on the heels of the K-Pop phenomenon, Korean comedy troupe Ongals, bring their old-school with a new twist slapstick to the Fringe after successful runs in South East Asia, New Zealand and Australia. Clad in eye-popping toddler outfits, the rosy-cheeked, Three Stooges-haircut foursome combine magic, circus, mime, physical comedy, juggling, bell-ringing, breaking wind and beatboxing. Intending ...

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When We Ran – Pleasance Beneath, Edinburgh

man playing guitar woman singing

Writers: Patch of Blue Director: Alex Howarth Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Much-lauded Patch of Blue’s latest work When We Ran, is big on ideas and ambition, but is crying out for the time and space it deserves to fully develop its potential. Sisters Ela Rose (Lizzie Grace) and Ela Iris (Alexandra Simonet), have spent their entire lives in a commune. Their ...

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Bare Skin on Briny Waters – Pleasance Bunker One, Edinburgh

woman maureen lennon dressed in a bathrobe

Writers: Maureen Lennon & Tabitha Mortiboy Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys This reflective story from Maureen Lennon and Tabitha Mortiboy, is both personal and universal to the generation of Millennials, promised so much, yet largely failing to forge their own path in the world. On a spare playing space, furnished only with a wooden bench and a floor scattered with shards of mirrored ...

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