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Timandra Harkness: Take a Risk – Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Writer: Timandra Harkness Reviewer: Tom Ralphs As the title would suggest Timandra Harkness’s show is about risk taking, the types of risks we can take, the potential consequences of taking them and the potential consequences of not taking them and sticking with what we’ve got. Harkness provides the audience with facts and figures and then puts them into practice as ...

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How to be Brave – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Sian Owen Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Sian Owen’s play is a fast moving monologue about Katie, a single mother who is not as brave as she was when she was a child, and now finds that she needs to be. When her daughter, who she always refers to as little one, is facing an operation, Katie thinks it is her ...

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Daughterhood – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Charley Miles Director: Stef O’Driscoll Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Daughterhood explores the relationship between Pauline and Rachel two sisters born almost ten years apart. It adds into the mix a father who is wasting away from an incurable disease and a mother who disappeared almost fifteen years previously. Alongside the two sisters, there are a wide range of male characters ...

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Burgerz – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Written by Travis Alabanza Directed by Sam Curtis Lindsay Designed by Soutra Gilmour Reviewer: Dominic Corr In April 2016, a burger was thrown at Travis Alabanza. With it was hurled a transphobic slur, compelling Alabanza to write Burgerz as an attempt to archive the everyday pain and rip back some agency from the day to day violence that the trans ...

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Nightclubbing – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Rachael Young Sound Design: Mwen and Leisha Thomas Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Juxtaposing a celebration of Grace Jones’ landmark album, Nightclubbing, in 1981 with three young black women refused entry to Dstrkt nightclub in 2015, Nightclubbing is equal parts gig theatre, spoken word and performance art. Encased in Naomi Kuyck-Cohen’s Afrofuturistic set and costume design and Mwen and Leisha Thomas’ ...

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Sold – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: Amantha Edmead Director: Euton Daley Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Sold is a bold, urgent piece of theatre that explores the brutality of slavery through the eyes of author and abolitionist, Mary Prince. Fusing passionate storytelling with drumming, dance and song, Sold is a hard-hitting but ultimately uplifting play about one woman’s journey towards freedom. Born into enslavement in Bermuda in ...

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Community Circle – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Trevor Lock Reviewer: Tom Ralphs When the writer and performer of a show tells you that he too would rather be watching something else, you know you’re watching something likely to divide opinion. Community Circle is a show that some people will love, some people will hate and others will just be completely bemused by. With seats around the ...

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Cardboard Citizens: Bystanders – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Cardboard Citizens Reviewer: Tom Ralphs This is a play that leaves you with many different emotions. It’s a play that you’re glad to have seen, because it’s an excellent piece of theatre, but that you also wish had never had to be written. Based around the true stories of the lives and deaths of homeless people, it’s a play ...

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