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All Change – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Writer: T.H. Marriott Director: Tim Marriott Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Tim Marriott is a busy man at this year’s Fringe, performing in and directing three productions, two of which he also wrote. All Change, the show he didn’t write, was written by his son and both Marriott and his co-star Stefanie Rossi came to the show late. In the two days ...

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The Song of Lunch – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: Christopher Reid Director: Jason Morell Reviewer: Stephen Bates As a suited middle-aged businessman walks from his Bloomsbury office, he muses that things are not what they used to be. The boozy lunches of the 80s and 90s are now history and nothing in the streets along which he walks is quite the same. He is heading for his once ...

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Mark Watson: The Infinite Show – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: Mark Watson Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Originally a work in progress show at the 2017 Fringe, Mark Watson’s main Fringe show this year is a delight from start to finish. The subject matter is empathy and Watson’s desire to understand, and empathise with, everyone he meets. The nervous energy that drives Watson’s delivery works perfectly for the subject matter, and ...

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The Marilyn Conspiracy – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Writer: Vicki McKellar and Guy Masterson Director: Guy Masterson Reviewer: Tom Ralphs On the 5th of August 1962 at 10.35 Marilyn Monroe was found unconscious. Almost six hours later the police were finally called to the scene. Officially Monroe had killed herself, but if that was the case, why did it take so long for the call to be made, ...

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The Greatest Play in the History of the World – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Ian Kershaw Director: Raz Shaw Reviewer: Stephen Bates The script generously points out that the play’s title invites a two-word review. Can the writer mean “it isn’t”? Well true, it isn’t, but this charming piece of romantic whimsy from the husband and wife team of writer Ian Kershaw and actor Julie Hesmondhalgh is still worth a look. The play ...

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Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer and Presenter: Gyles Brandreth Reviewer: Stephen Bates Until recently, when he and two other members of his family shared all the roles in a production of no less than Hamlet in London, few would have associated the name of Gyles Brandreth with the art form of theatre. The former doyen of Countdown’s Dictionary Corner and, for five years, Conservative ...

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Nigel Slater’s Toast – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Henry Filloux-Bennett Director and choreographer: Jonnie Riordan Reviewer: Stephen Bates Back in the days when Michelin stars were a thing of the future for the UK and Fanny Craddock was teaching the nation to cook, a 12-year-old Nigel Slater was learning his craft by helping his Mum to make jam tarts and mince pies in her Wolverhampton kitchen. Now ...

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Ulster American – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: David Ireland Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Stephen Bates Have you heard the one about the Englishman, the Irish woman and the American? Yes, any jokes beginning similarly have long been branded politically incorrect, but all the rules of PC are put through the shredder in David Ireland’s brutal, excoriating and blisteringly funny black comedy. The Englishman is theatre director ...

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