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Coriolanus Vanishes – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer and Director: David Leddy Reviewer: Stephen Bates Having little to do with Shakespeare’s bloody tale of Roman power politics, David Leddy’s new intimate  70-minute monologue is a mournful poem about love, loss and human connections. The central character is Chris, who talks philosophically about his relationships with his parents, his wife, their adopted young son and also with his ...

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On the Exhale – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Martin Zimmerman Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Stephen Bates Take a deep breath. Martin Zimmerman’s 70-minute monologue takes us on a suspenseful ride through modern urban paranoias that we hope belong to a distant land and then realise maybe not. Director Christopher Haydon had a big hit in this same studio space at the 2013 Festival with Grounded, the story ...

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Hello Georgie, Goodbye Best – Greenside at Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

Writer: Rafaela Elliston and Robbie Martin Director: Christopher Dunham Reviewer: Tom Ralphs In a world where the diets and fitness regimes of professional footballers are managed down to the smallest detail and where even a sip of alcohol can lead to media scrutiny of their fitness to play, it’s hard to believe that there was once a time when football ...

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Hamilton (Lewis) – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Book: Fiona English Music and lyrics: David Eaton Director: Benji Sperring Reviewer: Stephen Bates Lin Manuel Miranda’s smash hit Broadway musical Hamilton has already been followed across the Atlantic by the off-Broadway parody Spamilton and now, within a matter of weeks, comes this new variation, based loosely on the life and career of Britain’s World Formula 1 champion. What next ...

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Mengele – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Writers: Philip Wharam and Tim Marriott Director: Tim Marriott Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Josef Mengele, the doctor of Auschwitz, escaped justice after World War 2 and lived out the rest of his years in South America. Did he ever show any shred of remorse for his actions, or did he continue to hold the beliefs that led him to volunteer for ...

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The Fetch Wilson – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: Stewart Roche Director: Jed Murray Reviewer: Tom Ralphs This is a tale of two Liam Wilson’s, both from Dublin. There is one bad one and one neither good nor bad, just okay, which, as he says, is all most people are, if they’re honest. The two start at the same boarding school on the same day and their paths ...

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FIFTY-WORD FRINGE PITCH: Glas(s) Performance on Old Boy

OLD BOY is a show from award-winning theatre company Glas(s) Performance about grandfathers and grandsons. It features a 2-year-old boy, a 12-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man and their granddads. It is about love and legacy and the things that men mean to each other in families. What other show shouldn’t we miss?   The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and his Narcissistic Mother at Summerhall Name of your ...

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FIFTY-WORD FRINGE PITCH: Achilles

With time being precious during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe we challenged this year’s acts to deliver a 50-word elevator pitch for their show. This time it’s the turn of Achilles. Scotland's acclaimed Company of Wolves reimagines the myth of Achilles in a heart-stopping solo performance. Fusing storytelling, movement and song, Achilles is the epic story of a man's exorcism: the ...

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