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Edinburgh Fringe 2019

E8 – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Writer: Marika Mckennell Director: Ria Parry Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Set in a Pupil Referral Unit, where children who slide through the cracks in mainstream education find themselves, E8 provides a snapshot of the lives of two young people and their teachers. Underfunded and with a reputation for violence, PRUs have become synonymous with “difficult” and excluded children. The reality is ...

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The Grandmother’s Grimm – Paradise in Augustine’s, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Dominic Corr You might, perhaps, recognise a tale or two this evening. Not precisely the way you imagine, maybe less animation, more blood-spilling or suffering. The Grandmothers Grimm re-opens the storybook, a humorous look at birth of well-known tales and the women who rightfully deserve credit. The Brothers Grimm, capitalising on the darker tavern stories, were in part early ...

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Armor: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard, Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, Edinburgh

Book, Music & Lyrics: Shonagh Murray Featuring works by Robert Burns Reviewer: Dominic Corr Girls sent away from their Fathers, widows sitting in the shadows of their husbands and a mistress hiding her adoration, knowing to reveal her history would ruin her – there is little wonder women fashion themselves an armour. Rabbie Burns, epitome of lyrical writing, was known ...

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She – The Space on the Mile, Edinburgh

Writer: Madeleine Corner Director: Madeleine Corner Reviewer: Deborah Klayman In this post-#MeToo world, there have been a number of productions that explore femininity and what it means to be a woman. She is, however, is a little bit different from the rest. Drawing on verbatim interviews conducted by the young performers, and skilfully interwoven by playwright and director Madeleine Corner, ...

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David Benson’s Cato Street 1820 – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: David Benson Reviewer: Gareth Davies From Kenneth Williams and Frankie Howerd to Boris Johnson and most of the cast of Dad's Army, David Benson has played some of the UK's greatest clowns over more than two decades of Edinburgh Fringe productions. But he has proven he can take a more serious look at the world too, and this hour-long ...

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Islander: A New Musical – Summerhall Roundabout, Edinburgh

Direction and Concept by Amy Draper Book by Stewart Melton Music and Lyrics by Finn Anderson Reviewer: Dominic Corr A thin veil attempts to cover the line between reality and folklore; stories had to come from somewhere after all. Staring out into the sea, Eilidh dreams of the mainland, her mother and being away from isolation. When the tide washes ...

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How Not To Drown – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Nicola McCartney & Dritan Kastrati Director & Choreographer: Neil Bettles Design & Costume: Becky Minto   Lighting: Zoe Spurr Composer & Sound Designer: Alexandra Faye Braithwaite Co-choreography: Jonnie Riordan Reviewer: Molly Knox How Not To Drown at the Traverse Theatre is something not to shy away from at the The Fringe this year. With a set that immediately plunges the ...

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Crocodile Fever – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Meghan Tyler Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Molly Knox Meghan Tyler's Crocodile Fever is a remarkable black comedy that explores a sisterly relationship that’s bound to end in tears. As it debuts at the Fringe, at the Traverse Theatre, this astonishing play uncovers the secrets of their extremely dysfunctional family, whilst stepping over the boundaries and tests how darkly unhinged ...

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