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Trying It On – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: David Edgar Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Molly Knox Trying It On at the Traverse Theatre comes as David Edgar’s witty “follow up” to his play Maydays, written 35 years ago,and explores themes of revolution and youth, delivered through a dynamic autobiographical monologue by Edgar himself. The piece is self-admittedly imperfect, which adds beautifully to the honesty and self-reflection that ...

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Sea Sick – CanadaHub, Edinburgh

Writer/Performer: Alanna Mitchell Directors: Franco Boni with Ravi Jain Reviewer: Gareth Davies We're all going to die, sooner or later. Sooner rather than later, given what we're coming to learn about the state of our planet, and the destructive impact we're having on it. But a lot of the studies cataloguing man's effects on Earth focus on the land – ...

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The Struggling Life of an Artist – C Aquila, Edinburgh

Writer: Xiomara Meyer Director: Tamalynne Grant Reviewer: Tom Ralphs In a set up that probably applies to most of the performers on the Fringe this year, two struggling artists live together in a flat, confronted by mounting bills and the feeling that they can’t rely on their parent’s generosity forever. The twist is that both of them are given the ...

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Songs in the Key of Cree – CanadaHub, Edinburgh

Composer/Pianist: Tomson Highway Vocals: Patricia Cano Saxophone: Marcus Ali Reviewer: Gareth Davies The Cree language and culture belongs to one of the Indigenous populations of Canada, and playwright Tomson Highway focuses his work and his songs in the people, places and themes of this community. Last appearing at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1988, Highway now brings a short song ...

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Blind Date – CanadaHub, Edinburgh

Creator: Rebecca Northan Reviewer: Gareth Davies You don't have to look too hard to find clowns at the Edinburgh Fringe. The nose is often the giveaway – which is handy because it makes it oh-so-easy to avoid them. Let's be honest – no one really likes clowns, apart from people who rarely leave the house or whose idea of high ...

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Pathetic Fallacy – CanadaHub, Edinburgh

Writer/Director: Anita Rochon Reviewer: Gareth Davies How does it feel, knowing your very existence hurts the planet you live on? It's a big question, and an apposite one, as the impact of our species on the Earth comes under ever closer scrutiny. It's the question Anita Rochon asks in this performance art work with grand ambition but all the substance ...

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Deer Woman – CanadaHub, Edinburgh

Writer: Tara Beagan Director: Andy Moro Reviewer: Gareth Davies A few short words stand out from Tara Beagan's muscular text: when the estimated figure of Indigenous woman and girls that are missing or murdered in Canada suddenly increases by more than 50% - because someone, somewhere, counted them wrongly for so long – the detail speaks to not just the ...

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FIFTY WORD FRINGE PITCH…Lewys Holt, writer and performer of Phrases

With time being precious during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe we challenged this year’s acts to deliver a 50-word elevator pitch for their show. This time it’s the turn of Lewys Holt, writer and performer of Phrases. Your pitch:   Phrases is kind of like a stand up show for contemporary dance…there’s all these white t-shirt comedians… I’m a teal t-shirt ...

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