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Working Class Hero – Greenside Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

Writer: Ben Standish Director: Felicity Chilver Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Working Class Hero takes its title from a John Lennon song. The song is about working class people processed into a middle class machine, hated for being clever and despised for being fools. Lennon himself was seen as a working class hero, and that’s the starting point for this play. The ...

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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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Feed – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Emma Plotkin Listen - digital marimba ringtones in endless arpeggios are overlaid with the seemingly found sounds of pedestrians, muffled as if below a bridge. ​Feed overwhelms the senses with information. A funhouse mirror reflection of privilege, social media culture and egoism, the play instructs  - scream into the void and if anyone responds, scream louder. It says, if ...

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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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How to Swim in Hollywood – Greenside Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

Writer: Alice Sylvester Reviewer: Tom Ralphs In a bedroom in the Hollywood Hills, Daisy lies back imagining she is floating, imagining she is somewhere else, imagining she is happy. The reality is that she is not quite in the iconic location she grew up in, she is overlooking it from a different side and her life is not all she ...

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What Girls Are Made Of – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Cora Bissett Director: Orla O’Loughlin Reviewer: Stephen Bates Sugar and spice and all things nice? In this case, not exactly; once a rock ’n’ roll singer, Cora Bissett looks to be made more of grit and graft and sheer resilience as she crashes into the rocks, rolls with the punches and always bounces back to get on with her ...

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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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