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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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STYX – ZOO Southside, Edinburgh

Written by Max Barton Reviewer: Dominic Corr For those unfamiliar, it all started Once Upon A Time… Orpheus & Eurydice fell passionately in love, her for her beauty, she for his ability with a lyre - everyone loves a musician. As with Greek tales, tragedy strikes as Eurydice passes into the Underworld. Determined to reclaim her, Orpheus battles towards Hades, ...

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Before The Revolution – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer and Director: Ahmed El Attar  Sound and Visual Arts: Hassan Khan Reviewer: Molly Knox Before The Revolution by Ahmed El Atter aims to transport those watching into a moment right before the eruption of the Egyptian Revolution, through alternative and unconventional storytelling. This play, which was first created at the Rawabet Theatre in 2017 in Cairo, doesn’t shy away ...

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Cirque Berserk! – Pleasance EICC, Edinburgh

Director: Beau Denning Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Founded and produced by Martin Burton of Zippo Circus, Cirque Berserk! is a packed hour showcasing a myriad of circus artists in all different disciplines. From traditional acts such as tumblers and aerialists to daredevil motorcyclists, there is certainly something for everyone. Opened by the superb Timbuktu Tumblers, Cirque Berserk! gets off to a ...

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