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Underground Railroad Game – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Creators: Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R Sheppard with Lightning Rod Special Director: Taibi Magar Reviewer: Stephen Bates The small town of Hanover sits on what was, during the American Civil War, the Union side of the Mason-Dixon line. Over on the Confederate side, black slaves would enter the “underground railway” to escape to freedom through Hanover and, hopefully, onward to ...

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Revenants – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Writer: Nichola McAuliffe Director: Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Stephen Bates The fascination of screen and stage writers with all things House of Windsor shows no signs of abating, so there is little surprise in finding that a central figure in Nichola McAuliffe’s new play is our present Queen’s grandmother. Much more surprising is the discovery that the key themes of this ...

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Entropy – Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Writer: Jennifer Roslyn Wingate Director: Laura Clifford Reviewer: Stephen Bates However far we roam, most of us can take with us the comfort of knowing that we have a home to return to. Not so 19-year-old Sam, the central character in this short debut play by Jennifer Roslyn Wingate, which is receiving its premiere here. Sam arrives at the door ...

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Brexit – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writers: Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky Director: Tom Salinsky Reviewer: Stephen Bates With the Westminster Parliament in recess, things have gone a little quiet regarding everybody’s favourite subject - Brexit - so, for those showing withdrawal symptoms, here we have an antidote until things hot up again. When the United Kingdom as a whole overrode the wishes of Scotland and ...

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All Change – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Writer: T.H. Marriott Director: Tim Marriott Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Tim Marriott is a busy man at this year’s Fringe, performing in and directing three productions, two of which he also wrote. All Change, the show he didn’t write, was written by his son and both Marriott and his co-star Stefanie Rossi came to the show late. In the two days ...

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The Song of Lunch – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: Christopher Reid Director: Jason Morell Reviewer: Stephen Bates As a suited middle-aged businessman walks from his Bloomsbury office, he muses that things are not what they used to be. The boozy lunches of the 80s and 90s are now history and nothing in the streets along which he walks is quite the same. He is heading for his once ...

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The Marilyn Conspiracy – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Writer: Vicki McKellar and Guy Masterson Director: Guy Masterson Reviewer: Tom Ralphs On the 5th of August 1962 at 10.35 Marilyn Monroe was found unconscious. Almost six hours later the police were finally called to the scene. Officially Monroe had killed herself, but if that was the case, why did it take so long for the call to be made, ...

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The Greatest Play in the History of the World – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Ian Kershaw Director: Raz Shaw Reviewer: Stephen Bates The script generously points out that the play’s title invites a two-word review. Can the writer mean “it isn’t”? Well true, it isn’t, but this charming piece of romantic whimsy from the husband and wife team of writer Ian Kershaw and actor Julie Hesmondhalgh is still worth a look. The play ...

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