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The Dreamer – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle The Dreamer, a co-production between the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Gecko is the European premiere of a piece of physical theatre inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Peony Pavilion, a text by Shakespeare’s Chinese contemporary Tang Xianzu. It’s a visually stunning piece of theatre with moments of real magic that will no doubt ...

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Testosterone – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

four men one dressed as spaceman, one in gym gear, one in a stetson, one in a glitter outfit

Reviewer: David Doyle Drawing on the autobiographical experiences of Kit Redstone’s first entrance into a male gym changing room at the age of 33, Rhum and Clay’s Testosterone is an insightful, deeply entertaining, and powerful exploration of modern concepts of masculinity. In the midst of a wonderfully designed locker room, the story that unfolds before us is deeply personal while ...

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Action at a Distance – Zoo Southside, Edinburgh

purple tetris like blocks on a black background

Writer: Rory Horne Director: Nina Cavaliero Reviewer: David Doyle Over the last number of years Zoo has built up something of a reputation for showcasing some of the most promising new writing at the Edinburgh Fringe and Rory Horne’s Action At A Distance firmly cements that standing this year. A thought provoking piece exploring American drone strikes, the show is ...

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The Soft Subject (A Love Story) – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

man writing on chalkboard surfaces

Writer: Chris Woodley Director: Amy Liptrott Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Chris Woodley takes us back to the classroom to tell his poignant, playful and practically perfect tale of love, loss and survival - The Soft Subject (A Love Story). As an ex-drama teacher, Woodley frames his autobiographical work as a lesson plan: Aim; Introduction; Starter Activity; Main Task; Evaluation, and for any teacher or ...

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The Believers Are But Brothers – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle Javaad Alipoor set out to make a piece about ISIS brides but that’s not the show he ultimately made. Instead, following his failure to engage with them on social media, he made a broader piece about the internet and extremism in its many forms. From the origins of Islamic extremism to the emergence of the alt-right, Alipoor ...

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Hero – Summerhall, Edinburgh

woman stretching out on floor

Reviewer: David Doyle Rokkur Friggjar’s Hero seeks to answer the question, what drives young people to join violent organisations? In today’s society, this question feels like a pertinent one and the choice to explore it through the lives of eight youths over a decade is one that has merit. With overtones of Frank Dedekind's Spring Awakening, the piece’s multi-character storyline ...

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salt. – Summerhall, Edinburgh

woman in long white dress standing on blue rug with deck chair

Reviewer: David Doyle In February 2016, two artists board a cargo ship in an attempt to retrace one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica and back. One of those artists is Selina Thompson and salt. is the outcome of that journey. A deeply personal exploration of race set against a ...

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Jihan’s Smile – Summerhall, Edinburgh

man and woman in modest clothing woman lying on a bed of sandbags

Reviewer: David Doyle Al Harah Theatre, based in the West Bank, is one of the longest running theatre companies in the region, making work for adults and children alike. Their presentation at the Fringe is a charming story for children about Jihan, a girl who has lost her smile. Performed in a mix of Arabic and English it’s a pleasant ...

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