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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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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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Sugar Baby – Roundabout at Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Alan Harris Director: Catherine Paskell Reviewer: Clare Howdon Dirty Protests’ acclaimed one-man play Sugar Baby returns to the Edinburgh Fringe this year following a very successful run at last year’s festival. The play centres on Marc, a small-time drug dealer in Cardiff and his dalliances with him mum, dad, childhood sweetheart Lisa and local loan shark Oggy. Written by ...

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Paul Merton’s Impro Chums – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Tom Ralphs After missing the Fringe for the first time since he made his Edinburgh debut, Paul Merton is back this year with his improv show. He’s joined by comedians including Mike McShane and Richard Vranch who, along with Merton, were mainstays of Whose Line is it Anyway? Because of this, it’s fair to say that, whoever Merton’s four ...

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Underground Railroad Game – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Creators: Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R Sheppard with Lightning Rod Special Director: Taibi Magar Reviewer: Stephen Bates The small town of Hanover sits on what was, during the American Civil War, the Union side of the Mason-Dixon line. Over on the Confederate side, black slaves would enter the “underground railway” to escape to freedom through Hanover and, hopefully, onward to ...

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Revenants – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Writer: Nichola McAuliffe Director: Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Stephen Bates The fascination of screen and stage writers with all things House of Windsor shows no signs of abating, so there is little surprise in finding that a central figure in Nichola McAuliffe’s new play is our present Queen’s grandmother. Much more surprising is the discovery that the key themes of this ...

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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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