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The Curse of Cranholme Abbey – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

woman with book man with lantern

Writer: Tim Norton with Jo Billington Director: Tim Norton and Jo Billington with Ed Sayer and Kathryn Norton-Smith Reviewer: Tom Ralphs The Curse of Cranholme Abbey is a very well-written ghost story that spans several generations and mixes youthful optimism and naivety with dark history and unending curses. It evokes period dramas and the Woman in Black, as well as ...

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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

cassette tape on turquoise background

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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The Nature of Forgetting – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

two men and a woman balancing on a bicycle

Reviewer: David Doyle Tom, the protagonist, of Theatre Re’s The Nature of Forgetting is celebrating his 55th birthday when we join him. He is also suffering from early onset dementia. Over the course of the next seventy-five minutes, we follow him into his mind as he recalls and attempts to recollect memories of his past. A stunning exploration not merely ...

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The Dreamer – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle The Dreamer, a co-production between the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Gecko is the European premiere of a piece of physical theatre inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Peony Pavilion, a text by Shakespeare’s Chinese contemporary Tang Xianzu. It’s a visually stunning piece of theatre with moments of real magic that will no doubt ...

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Testosterone – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

four men one dressed as spaceman, one in gym gear, one in a stetson, one in a glitter outfit

Reviewer: David Doyle Drawing on the autobiographical experiences of Kit Redstone’s first entrance into a male gym changing room at the age of 33, Rhum and Clay’s Testosterone is an insightful, deeply entertaining, and powerful exploration of modern concepts of masculinity. In the midst of a wonderfully designed locker room, the story that unfolds before us is deeply personal while ...

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Speaking in Tongues: The Lies and The Truths – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

multiple swivel chairs in a black room

Writer: Andrew Bovell Director: Kathleen Douglas Reviewer: Stephen Bates Sometimes known as “glossolalia”, the term “speaking in tongues” relates to the use of words that have no meaning to the speaker. In Andrew Bovell’s two new plays, such words could form lies or they could be part of mindless ritual behaviour, but the proposition is made that ill-considered verbal communications ...

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