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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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The Man Presents: Women – Assembly George Square Studios, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Clare Howdon The Man Presents: Women takes the format of a series of six monologues each presented by one of ‘Cambridge University’s finest lady and non-binary comics’ exploring the women that men can’t write and sticking it to their writer ‘The Man’. The play opens with The Man (Adrianna Hunt) discussing the hardships he feels as a male feminist. ...

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Can’t Stop, Can’t Stop – C Royale, Edinburgh

Writer/Performer: Sam Ross Reviewer: Tom Ralphs This is the most honest performance you will see at the Fringe this year. Sam is a student at Sheffield University. He lives with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. At times it can be completely disruptive, making it impossible for him to live a normal life. At other times it can be manageable, but while he ...

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Shell Shock – Army@TheFringe Summerhall, Edinburgh

Director: Tim Marriott Adaptation: Tim Marriott Shell Shock is an adaptation of a novel by Neil Blower that deals with Tommy, a soldier struggling to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’s fair to say that the market for plays on this subject seems a little over-crowded if you look through the Fringe programme. What sets this one apart is ...

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