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Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Leaving Home Party – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Catherine Ireton Director: Caroline Byrne &Catherine Ireton Reviewer: Danielle Shields This year the Fringe has played host to an enormous amount of well-composed fresh-eyed Irish one-woman shows. There is always one play however which breaks the chain of pristine deliciousness and this time around it is Catherine Ireton’s own coming-of-age storyLeaving Home Party. With such an unusual indie-esque voice ...

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Frozen – theSpace on North Bridge, Edinburgh

Writer: Bryony Lavery Director: Liam Blain Reviewer: Danielle Shields In 1998 Bryony Lavery introduced her controversial playFrozenat the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Out of Town Productions have returned to the Fringe this year with their interpretation on the Tony Award nominated drama which asks us: is it possible to forgive the actions of a serial killer? Three lives are affected and ...

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When it Rains – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Writer: Anthony Black Dramaturg: Christian Barry Director: Anthony Black Reviewer: Michelle Haynes The meaning of life, the meaning of meaning and the chances of fateful happenings that occur along the way is something that has been pondered almost since life began. 2b Theatre Company poses these thoughts to us in their existential play, When it Rains. The trivialities of our ...

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Waiting for Hitchcock – Hill Street Solo Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer/Performer: Robert Jägerhorn Reviewer: John Roberts The premise of Finnish magician Robert Jägerhorn’s solo show Waiting for Hitchcock is an interesting one, he has uncovered Alfred Hitchcock’s first ever silent movie Number 8, he has the reel to reel all set up, the audience has arrived for its screening only to discover the projector has stopped working… with time running ...

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Shout: The Mod Musical – C Too, Edinburgh

Book: Phillip George and David Lowenstein Director: Francesca Goodridge Reviewer: John Roberts The book and plot of Shout: The Mod Musical isn’t going to win any awards for the most creative or original storyline, in fact it’s so thin it’s almost invisible. Five girls (Red, Blue, Orange, Green and Yellow) are all struggling to find out who they are during ...

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Symphony – Assembly George Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Writers: Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Tom Wells Director: Joe Murphy Reviewer: Marina Spark Three of the most respected contemporary writers in the UK today have joined forces with nabokov to marry the experience of being at a live gig with watching three short plays. The concept is interesting, however, the results are a little weak. The four actor-musicians are ...

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Macbheatha – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Director: Liz Carruthers Reviewer: Marina Spark Scottish theatre company, White Stage Theatre Company, are staging a Gaelic translation and adaptation of the famous Shakespearean taleMacbeth. The punchy adaptation involves Macbheatha and Lady Macbheatha in the live action and has the other characters communicating by projected action, video diary or news update. The original text has been adapted well to fit ...

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Sunshine on Leith – The Famous Speigeltent, Edinburgh

Music/Lyrics: The Proclaimers Book: Stephen Greenhorn Director: Sally Lyall Reviewer: John Roberts Edinburgh based Captivate Theatre have the coup of being the first company to ever perform the fringe premiere of The Proclaimers and Stephen Greenhorn’s Sunshine on Leith. Originally performed in 2007 and subsequently made into a musical film by director Dexter Fletcher. Sunshine on Leith tells the story ...

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