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Box Clever – Summerhall, Edinburgh

two women one with clown nose on

Writer: Monsay Whitney Director: Stef O'Driscoll Reviewer: John Kennedy Writer/protagonist, Monsay Whitney, is Marnie. In tandem with Avi Simmons as multi-flexible-role, foil punch-bag facilitator, she catalogues her descent in to the, “Chaos that follows us everywhere”. Her catastrophic narrative is a monologue of mayhem punctuated with eviscerating emotional shrapnel. It’s a given that the toxic fallout of her appalling choice ...

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Alan, We Think You Should Get a Dog – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

three men one woman hands in air

Writer: The Company Director: Sam Hardie and Lucas Button Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Madness’ Our House plays in the background, while two people create a Happy 70th Birthday banner, and another two decorate the house and anticipate the arrival of birthday boy Alan. It’s a light, entertaining opening to a play that then takes a darker turn and continues down that ...

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Second Copy: 2045 – Summerhall, Edinburgh

man lying on white floor

Reviewer: David Doyle Set in 2045, at the end of a period of conflict, Second Copy: 2045 is a look at art in the wake of conflict and the death of artists. Given the current world climate, it is a premise that has real potential but unfortunately none of that is realised in this disappointing production. Much of the piece ...

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Last Resort – Summerhall, Edinburgh

people sitting in orange deck chairs

Reviewer: David Doyle 2Magpies have never been afraid to create work that challenges its audience. In 2015 in the café at Summerhall they performed The Litvinenko Project, a striking look at the death of Alexander Litvinenko, and this year they’ve returned to Summerhall with a new show exploring Guantanamo Bay. In the basement of the building, we’re invited on holiday ...

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Scorch – Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Stacey Gregg Director: Emma Jordan Reviewer: John Kennedy Gathering more stars than a greedy telescope, Scorch bristles and blisters from the flaming lips of protagonist, Kes, and she has a story to tell from Hell. In streams and screams of lyrical consciousness liberally scattered with social media patois her purgative confessional account of her journey through self-identity is a ...

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Whalebone – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

one woman two men leaning on each other

Writer: Devised by the company Reviewer: Chloe St George Though this might be your first mute-man-in-a-corset-with-a-compact-umbrella of the Fringe so far, his awkward fumblings, trying to please and wondering how to hold himself, are instantly familiar. This is where Whalebone excels: presenting recognisable situations in an original format. As far as originality goes, the words 'narrated by a talking vagina' ...

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Morgan Stern – C Primo, Edinburgh

man in top hat with two fish

Writer: Gina Schien Director: Goldele Rayment Reviewer: Tom Ralphs A man known as The Gent returns from the Georgian era to help Morgan Stern, an Australian schizophrenic. Morgan is never seen. His voice, and the voices he hears, are replayed by The Gent. As The Gent’s own background emerges, you start to wonder whether the play is really set 221 ...

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Mark Dean Quinn: My Heart on a Plate – Heroes @ The Hive, Edinburgh

mark dean quinn face on piece of toast

Writer: Mark Dean Quinn Reviewer: Faye Hadley Mark Dean Quinn’s My Heart on a Plate is nigh on impossible to sum up. A truly original hour, there is little one can describe about the show without potentially spoiling it. So let's just settle for saying that it is brilliant. This year Quinn has been nominated for the increasingly prestigious Malcolm Hardee ...

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