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Rose McGowan: Planet 9 – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Writer: Rose McGowan Insightfully, this is a wholly different Rose McGowan than perhaps one may envision from the media. Preconceptions about Planet 9 will be rife, this is not an in-depth examination of #MeToo culture, nor a ‘tell-all tale’ which the jackals may pounce towards. Instead, it’s an open, free moving event where McGowan encourages meditation. An accompanying album to ...

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The Happiness Project – Army @ the Fringe, Edinburgh

Writers: Creative Electric Director: Heather Marshall Reviewer: Tom Ralphs The Happiness Project is a curious beast of a show, moving from an almost glee club school drama company take on the problems of the world and social media in particular, to a show with poignant and deeply personal stories about relationships. It can leave you cringing or applauding the courage ...

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It’s Miss Hope Springs, Assembly George Street, Edinburgh

Writer: Ty Jeffries Reviewer: Tom Ralphs It’s Miss Hope Springs is a classic take on cabaret as the lady in question  tells stories about her life in LA, Vegas and Paris interspersed with songs from an elaborate and lengthy repertoire, combining innuendo and misfortune with humour to create a tragi-comic tail that is possibly only a few steps removed from ...

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Myra’s Story – Assembly Rooms Ballroom, Edinburgh

Writer: Brian Foster Reviewer: Anna Ambelez A compelling piece of work from the start. Myra (Fionna Hewitt-Twamley) is begging for the price of her next "bottle of medicine",as without it she is "open to attack from the ould memories of the person yeh once were". Warned by her alcoholic father of being taken by "The Beast" the curse of the ...

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It’ll Be Alt-Right on the Night – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: Matthew Greenhough Director: Jonny Kelly Reviewer: Deborah Klayman An important play about the subtleties of far-right radicalisation, Matthew Greenhough’s timely new play examines the experience of disenfranchised working-class men on opposite sides of the political divide. A solo show, underscored by a live trumpeter playing jazz renditions of punk songs, It’ll Be Alt-Right on the Night has a lot ...

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Tales from the Garden – Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Writers: Ameera Conrad and Kathleen Stephens Director: Kathleen Stephens Reviewer: Deborah Klayman A gentle yet challenging solo show from performer-activist Ameera Conrad, Tales from the Garden is a play about being a young woman, and navigating a world where women’s bodies are not their own. Set in both her native South Africa and in London, Conrad’s likeable character shares stories ...

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Who Cares – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Matt Woodhead Director: Matt Woodhead Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Hot on the heels of Lung’s ground-breaking Trojan Horse comes Who Cares - a searing indictment of the impact of austerity on support services for young carers. Based on real-life testimonies, this slickly staged and superbly performed piece cuts right to the heart of a failing system. The action centres on ...

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Square Go – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair Director: Finn Den Hertog Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Square Go is a play that proves that theatre doesn’t have to be high-brow or earnest to make a point. You can do it just as well by having grown adults playing squabbling children and looking like wrestlers from 70s TV shows. Gavin John Wright and Daniel ...

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