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Unspoken – Pleasance Beyond, Edinburgh

Writer: Gary Kitching Director: Phil Hoffman Reviewer: Tom Ralphs The Bravo 22 Company works with wounded, injured and sick Service personnel, veterans and their families. The company supports their recovery through the arts, and their plays draw on the lives of company members. Their current production, Unspoken, is set in a pub where the landlord and customers are all former ...

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Dep – Zoo Southside, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle Dep is the Vietnamese word for beautiful. In this new dance piece from the Van Huynh Company, choreographer Dam Van Huynh explores influences from his Southeast Asian heritage, in particular Vietnamese culture around death in which death is also a form of rebirth. It’s a show that has immense promise and which began as a 10 minute ...

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Square Go – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle Gary McNair and Kieran Hurley’s Square Go offers an entertaining glimpse inside the lives of two schoolboys as one prepares for their first square go, that’s playground fight for those not up to date on their lingo. McNair and Hurley are a tantalising pairing and one which works a treat in offering a thoughtful exploration of masculinity ...

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Stoel (Chair) – Zoo Southside, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle Chairs are one of the most commonly seen elements of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, often being the only set piece in smaller shows. In Stoel (Chair), an award-winning show from Belgium, two dancers revisit these familiar objects and create playful new worlds for young and old audiences alike in a delightful and well crafted physical performance. ...

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The Basement Tapes – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle Horror traditionally never works on stage but Zanetti Productions have managed to capture the eerie core of many horror movies in their mysterious thriller nestled in the basement of Summerhall. Billed as Twin Peaks meets Serial, the show centres on a young woman as she clears a basement of her grandmother’s belongings following her death. Naturally things ...

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Island Town – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Simon Longman Reviewer: David Doyle  Simon Longman offers an insightful if bleak look into the lives of three teenagers in a town everyone wants to leave. Cleverly constructed in a circular fashion, the piece explores what happens when the ring road becomes your horizon. Although primarily focused on the lives of Sam, Pete, and Kate, played wonderfully by Charlotte ...

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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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It’s Not A Sprint – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Clare Howdon Maddie, in typical just-turned-30 fashion, decides to run a marathon. Over the 26.2 gruelling miles, Maddie must come to terms with her many life decisions to date. Carrying a one-woman show for 50 minutes is a tough task but doing so whilst running the equivalent of at least 10K on stage is for many, the stuff of ...

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