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Clingfilm – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Clare Howdon Plunge Theatre Company certainly have an exceptional marketing team. It was difficult to walk around Edinburgh for five minutes, without noticing at least one of Clingfilm’s wonderful posters, eerily reminiscent of filmic comedic classic The First Wives Club. This combined with the 11pm time-slot generated intrigue and high expectations for what the company advertised as ‘an all ...

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Backup – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle It’s 4am at the North Pole and a snowstorm is brewing. A van, carrying a television crew snakes through the snow and so begins what is undoubtedly one of the most delightful shows at this year’s festival. A short-form work combining puppetry, object theatre, and gestural theatre, the piece is a charming look at those caught in ...

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The Man Presents: Women – Assembly George Square Studios, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Clare Howdon The Man Presents: Women takes the format of a series of six monologues each presented by one of ‘Cambridge University’s finest lady and non-binary comics’ exploring the women that men can’t write and sticking it to their writer ‘The Man’. The play opens with The Man (Adrianna Hunt) discussing the hardships he feels as a male feminist. ...

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Can’t Stop, Can’t Stop – C Royale, Edinburgh

Writer/Performer: Sam Ross Reviewer: Tom Ralphs This is the most honest performance you will see at the Fringe this year. Sam is a student at Sheffield University. He lives with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. At times it can be completely disruptive, making it impossible for him to live a normal life. At other times it can be manageable, but while he ...

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Shell Shock – Army@TheFringe Summerhall, Edinburgh

Director: Tim Marriott Adaptation: Tim Marriott Shell Shock is an adaptation of a novel by Neil Blower that deals with Tommy, a soldier struggling to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’s fair to say that the market for plays on this subject seems a little over-crowded if you look through the Fringe programme. What sets this one apart is ...

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The Tape Face Show – Pleasance Courtyard ,Edinburgh

Reviewer: Clare Howdon Following on from a successful storming of the USA, performer Sam Wills is returning to his Edinburgh Festival Fringe roots with a brand new and eagerly awaited show. Starting off at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010 and bagging the prestigious Foster’s comedy award nomination for Best Newcomer, The Boy with Tape on his Face has gone from ...

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Tobacco Road – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Director: Roberta Zuric Reviewer: Clare Howdon Set in 1920’s London, Incognito’s Tobacco Road has more than a fleeting resemblance to the murky world of the BBC’s Peaky Blinders, complete with its period costumes and Nick Cave, Caravan Palace, and Fratelli’s soundtrack. Directed with a tangible confidence by Roberta Zuric, Tobacco Road centres around the emergence of a local girl gang, ...

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