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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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Flies – Pleasance Courtyard- Edinburgh

Writer:  Oliver Lansley Reviewer: Clare Howdon Flies, a co-production between Les Enfants Terribles and Pins and Needles Productions centres on Dennis whose irrational fear of flies is affecting his mental health to such a degree that he has bought a one-way ticket to Antarctica. However, when this plan is foiled, Dennis decides to fight his fear head on to regain ...

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Shit-Faced Shakespeare – Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Clare Howdon Magnificent Bastard Productions return to the Fringe yet again this year with another take on their sell-out, award-winning formula Shit-Faced Shakespeare, with this year’s victim being the Bard’s tragedy Hamlet. For those not au fait with Shit-Faced Shakespeare, the premise of each show is simple; a group of classically trained actors perform an abridged Shakespeare play with ...

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Sugar Baby – Roundabout at Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Alan Harris Director: Catherine Paskell Reviewer: Clare Howdon Dirty Protests’ acclaimed one-man play Sugar Baby returns to the Edinburgh Fringe this year following a very successful run at last year’s festival. The play centres on Marc, a small-time drug dealer in Cardiff and his dalliances with him mum, dad, childhood sweetheart Lisa and local loan shark Oggy. Written by ...

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Paul Merton’s Impro Chums – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Tom Ralphs After missing the Fringe for the first time since he made his Edinburgh debut, Paul Merton is back this year with his improv show. He’s joined by comedians including Mike McShane and Richard Vranch who, along with Merton, were mainstays of Whose Line is it Anyway? Because of this, it’s fair to say that, whoever Merton’s four ...

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