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Edinburgh Fringe: The Boy With The Cuckoo Clock Heart – Pleasance Courtyard

Writer: Jimmy Grimes, from the novel by Mathias Malzieu Director: Jimmy Grimes Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4] The Boy With The Cuckoo Clock Heart from Magpie Puppet Company is a quite beautiful whimsical fable. It follows the adventures of Jack, who is born with such a weak heart that he seems unlikely to survive. Fortunately, he is delivered by Dr Madeleine, ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Dirty Great Love Story – Pleasance Dome

Writer: Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna Director: Pia Furtado Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:5] Calling something sweet, heartwarming and charming can be sounding the death knell for a production at the Fringe, but that might be this fantastic little piece of theatre's unique selling point. Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna combine drama and poetry in this rom-com in rhyme - Dirty ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Active Virgin – C venue C

Book, Music and Lyrics: John Keilty &Gerry Kielty Director: Susie Dumbreck Musical Director: Andrea Grody Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:2] The Cameron Mackintosh Highland Quest for New Musical winners the Kielty brothers and One Academy Productions bring Active Virgin to Edinburgh for its premier, and in many ways this reviewer wishes they hadn't bothered. Following on the heels of the highly-lauded ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean – Traverse @Scottish Book Trust

Creator, Designer and Performer: Shona Reppe Director: Gill Robertson Sound Design: Danny Krass Video Artist: Jonathan Charles Reviewer: Val Baskott [rating: 4.5] Shona Reppe has created a delectable, engrossing entertainment for the over 7s which charms adults too in The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean. Quietly introducing herself as a doctor of scrapology she explains her mission to discover the ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Domestic Science – The Canons’ Gait

Writers: Helen Arney and Rob Wells Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3.5] Domestic Science has everything: presenters who are a celebrity couple, audience participation, guest spots, jokes, science, music, sketches, home-made “litmus paper”, a genuine real-life experiment and cake decoration. Oh! And it’s free. Real-life couple Helen Arney and Rob Wells, who are also known elsewhere as comedians and general science geeks, ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Some Small Love Story – C Nova

Composer: Gavin Whitworth Writer: Alexander Wright Director: Noreen Kershaw Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 4] Beautifully written by Alexander Wright (The Flanagan Collective/Belt Up Theatre) and superbly scored by newcomer Gavin Whitworth,Some Small Love Story is an alternately joyful and heart-wrenching account of passionate love. Avoiding any saccharine pitfalls the piece is alternately fiercely funny and desperately sad, shot through with ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Morceaux de Choix – Institut Français d’Écosse

Author: Justine Curatolo Reviewer: Val Baskott [rating: 3.5] Snatches of athletic piano playing and a coloratura mezzo in full flight whet the appetite as you wait in the Georgian splendour of the Institut Français d’Écosse tucked away in elegant Randolph Crescent. Morceaux de Choix is the creation of Breton mezzo Justine Curatolo and pianist Elisa Bellanger. It is a song ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Departure Lounge – Paradise in Augustine’s

Writer: Dougal Irvine Director: Sally Rapier Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] Four years after it premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe, Dougal Irvine’s coming of age musical seems to be as popular as ever. Anyone who has ever travelled with Ryanair and been delayed knows the tedium of the bleak waiting areas, but with a strong cast and catchy songs Departure Lounge ...

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