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The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare – C Too, Edinburgh

Writer: Brian K. Stewart Director: John Koensgen Reviewer: Jon Wainwright David Warburton gives a tremendous solo performance as an unnamed actor in Shakespeare's company, with only a carrot, a table and a joint-stool as props. Naturally, he begins with Hamlet's advice to the players, to "not saw the air too much" and to temper the "whirlwind of passion" with a ...

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Kitty in the Lane – Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall, Edinburgh

Writer and Director: Aine Ryan Reviewer: Danielle Shields Kitty may not be having a jolly night, waiting for her father to kick the bucket and for her boyfriend to pick her up can be quite a drag, but at least we are having a pleasant morning in the company of an Irish gem. It is incredible thatKitty in the Laneis ...

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Foil, Arms & Hog – Underbelly, Edinburgh

Writers: Foil, Arms &Hog Reviewer: Joanna Trainor Dark mime, Kingsmill Bread marketing slogans and a tee-total Irishman; there is nothing not to love about Foil, Arms &Hog's brand of sketch comedy. So much a Fringe favourite that they had to add an extra show on Saturday, with people so desperate to see it that they're sitting squeezed together on the ...

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The Most Serious Ailments of St Krank’s – Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Tom Penn Writer: Richard Fredman Director: Alex Scott Reviewer: Joanna Trainor "Ahoy!" Inventive, imaginative and hilarious, Babolin Theatre's offering at this year's Festival Fringe is riotous fun. On the Great shores of Great Yarmouth, Jenkin from North London is having to cope with being a new doctor in the hallowed halls of St Krank's hospital. Mix in a Kraken, ...

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No Belles – Sweet Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Jon Wainwright More spoken word than drama, this show tells of that "rare breed of women" who overcome discrimination and the intrinsic difficulties of their chosen field to win a Nobel Prize. As we enter, the three performers catch us off guard by introducing themselves, shaking hands and asking how we heard about the show and so on. Don't ...

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Chris is Dead – theSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh

Writer: Vicki Baron Director: Vicki Baron Reviewer : Joanna Trainor Chris is dead, but his friends have to keep living. Empty Photo Theatre's production exposes the anger, guilt and range of coping mechanisms a person can go through after someone so intrinsically part of their life dies. Having most of a play's story in what isn't said can make riveting ...

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The Fair Intellectual Club – Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Director: Marilyn Imrie Writer: Lucy Porter Reviewer: Danielle Shields The debut play from Mock The Week comedian Lucy Porter is based on the true events of 1717 when a secret all-female club was born. Three 19-year-olds: a yearning poet (Samara MacLaren), a Newton nerd (Jessica Hardwick) and a gossiper (Caroline Deyga) create The Fair Intellectual Club in order to expand ...

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National Loaf – Paradise in The Vault, Edinburgh

Writer: Laura Witz Director: Laura Witz Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Wartime posters are plastered on every available surface of this army rationing office, with stirring slogans such as 'Food is a weapon'. The dense, brick-sized object wielded by Henrietta Baker could certainly knock out a Hun or two, but it's actually meant to be eaten: this is the national loaf. None ...

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