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All Hell Toupée – The Rose Street Theatre, Edinburgh

woman holding donal trump mask with wig on

Writers: Kate Bowes Renna & Jeremy Stockwell Director:  Jeremy Stockwell Reviewer:  R. G. Balgray Who would have thought it? A Fringe one woman show about hairpieces – hence the punning title. In Kate Bowes Renna’s solo turn at the Gilded Balloon Rose Street Theatre, the audience is promised “an ingenious one woman show …satirical comedy”. So, how ingenious is it? ...

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Richard Carpenter is Close to You – Underbelly Wee Coo, Edinburgh

Writer:  Matthew Floyd Jones Reviewer:  R. G. Balgray What must it be like to be “the other one”; to have your own genius, exceptional in its own right, but be outstarred, outshone, outeverythinged by your closest other? This is the territory marked out by Matthew Floyd Jones, so far best-known as one half of Frisky and Mannish, in his star ...

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The Soft Subject (A Love Story) – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

man writing on chalkboard surfaces

Writer: Chris Woodley Director: Amy Liptrott Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Chris Woodley takes us back to the classroom to tell his poignant, playful and practically perfect tale of love, loss and survival - The Soft Subject (A Love Story). As an ex-drama teacher, Woodley frames his autobiographical work as a lesson plan: Aim; Introduction; Starter Activity; Main Task; Evaluation, and for any teacher or ...

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Emotional Terrorism – Just the Tonic at the Caves, Edinburgh

woman in black leather jacket against brick wall

Writer: Ellyn Daniels Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs A great disservice has been done to this show. It’s been placed in the comedy section of the Fringe programme with a wacky photo of performer writer Ellyn Daniels to accompany it. Let’s get this straight from the start, this is not stand-up comedy. It is a frank, brave and, at times, shocking confessional.  It ...

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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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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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Quarter Life Crisis – Underbelly Delhi Belly, Edinburgh

woman yoland mercy in a party hat

Writer: Yolanda Mercy Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The last few years have seen an upsurge in shows from Millennials pondering the meaning of life, and this year’s Fringe is positively awash with 20-somethings decrying their lack of a future and the problems of ‘adulting’. Yolanda Mercy, through her semi-autobiographical character Alicia in Quarter Life Crisis, brings, in her own words; “some ...

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Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Richard Hurford Music/Lyrics: Rob Castell Directors: Suzann McLean, Damian Cruden Designer: Jane Linz Roberts Reviewer: Ron Simpson Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny takes its time deciding whether it wants to be a humorously feminist take on the Robin Hood story (with a message among the songs and the daft gags) or simply a summer pantomime. After a first ...

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