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Island Town – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Simon Longman Reviewer: David Doyle  Simon Longman offers an insightful if bleak look into the lives of three teenagers in a town everyone wants to leave. Cleverly constructed in a circular fashion, the piece explores what happens when the ring road becomes your horizon. Although primarily focused on the lives of Sam, Pete, and Kate, played wonderfully by Charlotte ...

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Don Juan – Assembly George Square Theatre, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Clare Howdon Theatre company A Slightly Isolated Dog are not the first to recreate the famous tale of Don Juan: the world's greatest lover, but they have certainly put their own unique spin on this epic celebration of the boldness of love. Set as an interactive performance party complete with physical comedy and twisted pop songs, Don Juan is ...

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Alma, A Human Voice – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Clare Howdon Alma, A Human Voice by company Nina’s Drag Queens is an interesting albeit somewhat confusing play. At the heart of the piece are two stories; one takes inspiration from the nameless female character on the phone in Jean Cocteau’s play La Voix Humaine whilst the other centres on painter Oskar Kokoscha who turned his lover Alma Mahler ...

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Awkward Conversations with Animals I’ve F*cked – Underbelly,Cowgate, Edinburgh

Writer: Rob Hayes Reviewer: Clare Howdon Awkward Conversations with Animals I’ve F*cked makes for an interesting afternoon of theatre. Whilst the title itself clearly brings to light the bestiality elements of the production, what is even more ingenious about this piece is the structure in which Bobby’s penchant for animals is exposed. Written by Rob Hayes and performed as a ...

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Duckie – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling has become a magnet for theatre makers looking to explore feelings of isolation and difference in a manner that is accessible for children. Le Gateau Chocolat’s Duckie takes up that mantle in a show packed with charming theatricality and a wonderful central performance, though somewhat beset by moments of confusion. Duckie ...

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Loop – Underbelly Belly Button, Edinburgh

Writer: Alexander Knott Director:  Zöe Grain Reviewer: Emma Plotkin To “loop” a song is to play it over and over again. Everyone knows if you listen to the same song for too long, the tape will break. Yet, play the song again, feel compelled to do it because “it’s like air...you’re lifted out of you...and it’s just you and the ...

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Clingfilm – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Clare Howdon Plunge Theatre Company certainly have an exceptional marketing team. It was difficult to walk around Edinburgh for five minutes, without noticing at least one of Clingfilm’s wonderful posters, eerily reminiscent of filmic comedic classic The First Wives Club. This combined with the 11pm time-slot generated intrigue and high expectations for what the company advertised as ‘an all ...

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Backup – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle It’s 4am at the North Pole and a snowstorm is brewing. A van, carrying a television crew snakes through the snow and so begins what is undoubtedly one of the most delightful shows at this year’s festival. A short-form work combining puppetry, object theatre, and gestural theatre, the piece is a charming look at those caught in ...

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