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EdFest Launch – Fringe Countdown begins

Stealing a march on the launch of the official Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme, the EdFest.com programme was launched on May 22 with launch parties held in Edinburgh and London a day apart. The early launch and the headline acts at each of the big four venues – Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly – will do little to stem the tide ...

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The Prisoner – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer and Director: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne Reviewer: S.E. Webster Peter Brook, a titan of British theatre, has collaborated once again with Marie-Hélène Estienne to create The Prisoner, which first premiered in Paris earlier this year. With support from the Institut Français and a strong cast, it is disappointing to find that the drama falls flat and far below ...

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Falkland – The War the World Forgot – Greenside Nicholson Square, Edinburgh

Writers & Directors: Luke Tudball and Heather Bagnall Reviewer: Tom Ralphs The very large stage of the Emerald Studio, at Greenside’s Nicholson Square venue, makes the minimal set of Falkland – The War the World Forgot look incredibly small, making the stage seem empty. This may be exactly what Tasty Monster Productions wanted as it illustrates how insignificant the Falkland ...

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Maz and Bricks – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Emma Plotkin Pro-choice protester Maz, is ready to march for the referendum; rowdy Bricks is picking up his kid and going to the zoo. Destinations set, their meetcute is an adrenalin filled journey from hen party to hospital. Slapdash Bricks and forth-write Maz are the proverbial odd couple. The characters are in a near constant state of confession and ...

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Unspoken – Pleasance Beyond, Edinburgh

Writer: Gary Kitching Director: Phil Hoffman Reviewer: Tom Ralphs The Bravo 22 Company works with wounded, injured and sick Service personnel, veterans and their families. The company supports their recovery through the arts, and their plays draw on the lives of company members. Their current production, Unspoken, is set in a pub where the landlord and customers are all former ...

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Le Gateau Chocolat: Icons – Assembly Gardens, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Emily Hall Maya Angelou’s voice precedes Le Gateau Chocolat’s, making his entrance that much more dramatic when he descends the stairs in a black sequinned leotard with a wedding hat veiling his ever-long lashes. The notes of Katie Bush’s Running Up That Hill assure all newcomers that his voice is everything they had heard it was. The premise is ...

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You Remind me of You – Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh

Writer: Matthew Capodicasa Director: Hannah Bradley Reviewer: Tom Ralphs A boy meets girl story with a difference, or a problem, depending which was you look at it. The boy, in this case a man named Vincent, has Prosopagnosia, a condition where you can’t remember people’s faces. He meets Adele in a bar when he is playing guitar on an open ...

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Osric Omand and the Story of Hope – Greenside Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

Writer: Joseph Emms Reviewer: Tom Ralphs If you’re going to go over the top, do it in style. That appears to be the thinking behind 21st Century Cox’s Edinburgh show. Billed as a blood-filled cocktail of stage combat, live music and impractical effects, with dancing Nazis, transsexual robots and vampires on scooters, all thrown in for good measure, it’s a ...

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