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It’s Miss Hope Springs, Assembly George Street, Edinburgh

Writer: Ty Jeffries Reviewer: Tom Ralphs It’s Miss Hope Springs is a classic take on cabaret as the lady in question  tells stories about her life in LA, Vegas and Paris interspersed with songs from an elaborate and lengthy repertoire, combining innuendo and misfortune with humour to create a tragi-comic tail that is possibly only a few steps removed from ...

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Myra’s Story – Assembly Rooms Ballroom, Edinburgh

Writer: Brian Foster Reviewer: Anna Ambelez A compelling piece of work from the start. Myra (Fionna Hewitt-Twamley) is begging for the price of her next "bottle of medicine",as without it she is "open to attack from the ould memories of the person yeh once were". Warned by her alcoholic father of being taken by "The Beast" the curse of the ...

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It’ll Be Alt-Right on the Night – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: Matthew Greenhough Director: Jonny Kelly Reviewer: Deborah Klayman An important play about the subtleties of far-right radicalisation, Matthew Greenhough’s timely new play examines the experience of disenfranchised working-class men on opposite sides of the political divide. A solo show, underscored by a live trumpeter playing jazz renditions of punk songs, It’ll Be Alt-Right on the Night has a lot ...

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Tales from the Garden – Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Writers: Ameera Conrad and Kathleen Stephens Director: Kathleen Stephens Reviewer: Deborah Klayman A gentle yet challenging solo show from performer-activist Ameera Conrad, Tales from the Garden is a play about being a young woman, and navigating a world where women’s bodies are not their own. Set in both her native South Africa and in London, Conrad’s likeable character shares stories ...

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Who Cares – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Matt Woodhead Director: Matt Woodhead Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Hot on the heels of Lung’s ground-breaking Trojan Horse comes Who Cares - a searing indictment of the impact of austerity on support services for young carers. Based on real-life testimonies, this slickly staged and superbly performed piece cuts right to the heart of a failing system. The action centres on ...

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Warheads – Park Theatre, London

Writers: Taz Skylar and Ross Berkeley Simpson Director: Toby Clarke Reviewer: David Guest The mental and physical anguish endured by young soldiers returning from active duty during war is the focus of Taz Skylar’s hard-hitting and emotionally draining drama Warheads, currently playing at the Park Theatre after brief outings in Tottenham and Peckham last year. It’s the sort of shocking ...

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Twelfth Night – The Scoop, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rae Mcken Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It is a sign of how much cruft there can be in a Shakespeare play that cutting Twelfth Night down to just an hour and fifteen minutes, as director and adapter Rae Mcken has done for the Scoop’s sixteenth annual season of free open-air theatre, retains all the touchpoints of the comedy. ...

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Legend Trippers – The Other Palace, London

Writers/Composers: Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie Director: Kate Golledge Reviewer: David Guest Somewhere in the West End grown people are weeping over casting calls, production notes and new musical scripts. For members of the National Youth Music Theatre have smashed it again with a brand new musical with a message written especially for young people which jealous adults just can’t ...

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