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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with… Whoop ‘n’ Wail

Whoop ‘n’ Wail founders Ali Kemp and Deborah Klayman talk to The Public Reviews about new writing, curating their first showcase, and the Bechdel Test. What is it that draws Whoop ‘n’ Wail to producing new writing? D: Good question! A: We often ask ourselves that very thing. D: No, we absolutely love new writing – creating it, watching it. ...

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Confirmation – Northern Stage@Kings Hall, Edinburgh

Writer:Chris Thorpe Director:Rachel Chavkin Reviewer: Deborah Klayman There are subjects that are easy to address – both in theatre and the wider world – and there are some that are not. Writer/performer Chris Thorpe’s latest show,Confirmation, is a gutsy dialogue which addresses one of those difficult topics head on: it is intimate, it is challenging, and it poses deeply uncomfortable ...

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Dead Fresh – theSpace on North Bridge, Edinburgh

Creators: Z Theatre Company Reviewer: Danielle Shields When you see an advertisement for a show about Freshers’ Week your obvious first instinct is to stay clear if you are over 25-years-old as this comedy will be aimed at the innuendo-loving student generation and you are supposed to be past that stage. On the other hand, if you are a student ...

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The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writers: Jon Haynes &David Woods Director: Ridiculusmus Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Challenging the stigma or accepted treatment of an illness such as Schizophrenia can be difficult in any arena, yetJon Haynes &David Woods are attempting to do just that in their new workThe Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland.Both men have real-world experience of mental illness: Haynes was sectioned for six ...

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Spine – Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

Writer: Clara Brennan Director: Bethany Pitts Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Teenaged Amy has a story to tell, and she is taking no prisoners. Feisty, frenetic and fit to burst her text explodes out of her as soon as the lights come up, as she prowls the book-stack set talking directly to the audience as if they are old friends. Young actress ...

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My Obsession – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer:Suki Webster Director:John Nicholson Reviewer: Deborah Klayman A thirty minute play about a well-known comedian played by a well-known comedian sounds like a shoe-in for a fun half hour. Written by Paul Merton’s real-life wife Suki Webster, and starring the pair, the playlet revolves around comedian Danny Haywood (Merton) who wakes up to find an obsessed fan in his hotel ...

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Britannia Waves the Rules – Summerhall@Roundabout, Edinburgh

Writer: Gareth Farr Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Deborah Klayman The men in Carl Jackson’s world offer little in the way of rôle models: the drug-dealing Appletons, his uninspiring uncle Charles, and his father who has retreated into a childlike world since the death of his Carl’s mother. The bright lights of Blackpool are of little solace, masking the poverty and ...

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According to His Need – C Nova, Edinburgh

Writer: Oliver Eagleton Director: Nora Kelly Lester Reviewer: Deborah Klayman “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”. This phrase, made popular by Marx, offers a fitting title for this one-act play about two characters in conflict due to their romantic and political needs. Penned by emerging playwright Oliver Eagleton and directed by Nora Kelly Lester, ...

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