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Casting the Runes – theSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh

Writer: M.R. James Director: Robert Soulsby-Smith Reviewer: Danielle Shields “Because he knows a frightful fiend. Doth close behind him tread.” Yes there is a creepy un-gentleman on the loose and we can deal with anyone as long as it’s not a bad actor. Thankfully a bad actor it is not. Based on M.R. James’s thrilling short story,Casting the Runesillustrates the ...

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Show 6 – Summerhall@Roundabout, Edinburgh

Writer: Mark Ravenhill Director: Caroline Steinbeis Reviewer: Deborah Klayman The latest offering from prolific playwright Mark Ravenhill, Show 6, is a piece that can, at times, be as oblique as its title. Set in a dystopian world where the “haves” are spoiled, drug-addled and bored and the “have not’s” are of no concern, Steven Webb’ central character embarks on a ...

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Sochi 2014 – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Director: John Brooke Reviewer: Danielle Shields In the early months of 2014 a heated debate arouse when the Winter Olympics were held in Sochi. The media reported that Putin was banning LGBT ‘propaganda’ in Russia as homosexual relationships would damage the minds of children.Sochi 2014is a powerful insight into the cruel and corrupt actions that took place preceding and succeeding ...

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Black Faggot – Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Writer: Victor Rodger Director: Roy Ward Reviewer: Deborah Klayman It is clear to see whyBlack Faggothas been described as the “runaway hit” of the Auckland and Melbourne Fringe Festivals. Kiwi/Samoan playwright Victor Rodgers has tapped into the humour, hurt and humanity of a range of beautifully drawn characters all struggling to reconcile being gay, black, Samoan, and part of mainstream ...

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The Bunker Trilogy: Morgana – C Nova, Edinburgh

Writer: Jamie Wilkes Director: Jethro Compton Reviewer: Marina Spark Returning to Edinburgh Festival Fringe for a second year runningThe Bunker Trilogy: Morganatransports the audience to France during the Great War. Jethro Compton, Director, Designer, Producer, who is often associated with fringe favourites Belt Up Theatre, has created a magnificent immersive experience. The bunker, which has been completely and lovingly created ...

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The Capone Trilogy: Lucifer – C Nova, Edinburgh

Writer: Jamie Wilkes Director: Jethro Compton Reviewer: Gareth Davies With Al Capone behind bars in Alcatraz, a power vacuum emerges within the Chicago mob in this gangster-era re-imagining of the Biblical ‘fallen angel’ myth. Nick (David Calvitto) is fighting public perceptions and internal pressures to step-up and take on Capone’s mantle, while his wife Marlene (Suzie Preece) begins to question ...

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Josie Long: Cara Josephine – The Stand, Edinburgh

Reviewer: John Roberts What’s love got to do, got to do with it? Well if you are Josie Long and showing your latest hour long show at the Fringe, quite a lot actually… But don’t go thinking this is Josie Long in her early 30’s (yes we thought that too) wanting to recall her life in a pseudo rom-com stage ...

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