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Spiral – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Abigail Hood Director:Glen Walford and Kevin Tomlinson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In the middle of a very personal tragedy, help can come from the most unexpected sources and you might find a lasting friendship in the last place you would think to look. Abigail Hood’s new play Spiral, in which she also stars, has its debut at the Park Theatre ...

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It’s Not A Sprint – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Clare Howdon Maddie, in typical just-turned-30 fashion, decides to run a marathon. Over the 26.2 gruelling miles, Maddie must come to terms with her many life decisions to date. Carrying a one-woman show for 50 minutes is a tough task but doing so whilst running the equivalent of at least 10K on stage is for many, the stuff of ...

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Nine Foot Nine – Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Writer: Alex Wood Reviewer: Clare Howdon Sleepless Theatre’s new offering Nine Foot Nine centres around couple Cara and Nate, who are about to have a baby. However, their imminent arrival is quite literally overshadowed when women begin to grow to unprecedented heights (hence the play’s title). As this freak occurrence becomes more and more prevalent, these women are referred to ...

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Luke Kempner: House of Faces – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer and performer: Luke Kempner Reviewer: Stephen Bates Luke Kempner lifted himself above the masses of comedy impressionists with his hit show The Only Way is Downton, which made it into London’s West End. Since then, he has been out to prove that the only way is not downhill with similar shows and a venture into musical theatre, playing Marius ...

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Waiting – Greenside Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Tom Ralphs This play claims to be an impactful drama about mental health, love and family, exploring how we can move on and find happiness after tragedy. The problem is that it’s focus is overwhelmingly on the first part of this, and it rather simplifies the second. Tori is alone in her flat, surrounded by empty bottles and unwashed ...

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Trojan Horse – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle LUNG Theatre has been creating some of the most exciting theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe for a number of years. Renowned for their challenging verbatim work, their offering at the 2018 Festival, Trojan Horse, is their most ambitious to date. The piece charts the Operation Trojan Horse controversy which gripped Birmingham in 2014 in a piece that ...

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Daughter – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Adam Lazarus Director: Ann-Marie Kerr Reviewer: David Doyle When Daughter played in Canada it sparked a thousand conversations and its run at Summerhall’s Canada Hub is likely to ignite just as many. An exploration of toxic masculinity from writer and performer Adam Lazarus, the piece is one of many in the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe programme which seeks to probe ...

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Meek – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Penelope Skinner Director: Amy Hodge Reviewer: Stephen Bates “The play is translated from an imaginary Scandinavian language” we are told in the introduction to the printed text and it seems fitting that playwright Penelope Skinner’s solitary dash of humour should be one that is not heard during the 70 minutes performance time. The play is set we know not ...

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