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The Curing Room – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Writer: David Ian Lee Director: Joao de Sousa Reviewer: Gareth Davies “We’re each of us capable of our little monstrosities.” Big monstrosities abound when seven Russian soldiers are imprisoned in a Polish monastery in 1944. We observe the dismantling of these men as they weigh up the meanings and possibilities of their lives. On a barren stage, the stark horror ...

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Race – Assembly George Square Studios, Edinburgh

Director: Clare Mortimer Reviewer: Gareth Davies The set-up seems simple – a wealthy white man is accused of raping a black woman in a hotel room. But for Pulitzer prize-winning writer David Mamet inRace, this scenario is the launchpad for a coruscating exploration of notions of shame, guilt, reparation and trust. The white accused (Michael Gritten) consults his prospective defence ...

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The Only Way is Downton – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: Luke Kempner Director: Owen Lewis Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The Only Way is Downton is the perfectvehicle for the impressive impersonation talents of creator Luke Kempner, and having toured the UK since its debut in 2013, this affectionate parody of not only Downton Abbey, but every current reality TV show you can name, shows no sign of losing its sparkle. ...

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Dan Schreiber: C*ckblocked from Outer Space – Underbelly, Bristo Square

Reviewer:Lucy Danser “I think he’s someone we’ll be seeing more of in the future,” announced the woman behind to her husband as the lights came up at the end of Dan Schreiber’s show. She’s most likely right. Schreiber’s debut hour at the Edinburgh Fringe is well structured, enjoyable and packed full of laughs. There really isn’t a dull moment. While ...

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Mark Watson: Flaws – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Lucy Danser How wonderful it is to see a comedian improve over the years without losing his own unique voice. Nine years after first viewing Mark Watson at the Fringe there’s no doubt he’s a much better comedian nowadays, going to his new show feels like catching up with an old friend. He’s exactly as lovely as you remembered ...

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Oleanna – Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall, Edinburgh

Director: Jerome Pride Writer: David Mamet Reviewer: Danielle Shields David Mamet’s thought-provoking 1992 play deals with a controversial and current issue in our society: the testing relationship between a university professor and his student. When university student Carol accuses her teacher John of sexual assault, his career and plans for a new home are put on the line. BasicallyOleannais a ...

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Stay Awake For Now – TheSpace on North Bridge, Edinburgh

Director: Luke Speirs Reviewer: Danielle Shields The idea of two best guy buds torn apart by one of the lads having a girlfriend is nothing original. Adding musicians, sexuality and social anxiety into the mix spices things up a bit. Unfortunately, these themes are either represented as too bland, or on the other scale, too over-the-top that new musicalStay Awake ...

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Vocca People – The Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh

Creators: Lior Kalfo &Shai Fishman Reviewer: John Roberts The Voca People have been regulars at the fringe for the past few years and their latest production at The Pleasance Grand is perhaps their best executed production to date. The Voca People are from the planet Vocca, which sits somewhere behind the sun, their only method of communication is through sound ...

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