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James Acaster: Lawnmower – Pleasance Courtyard Edinburgh

Reviewer:Lucy Danser [rating:4.0] There’s no one on the circuit quite like James Acaster. With a persona and material that borders on the bizarre but never crosses into incomprehensibly surreal he manages to be both different and accessible. Though he seemed surprised to see under 18’s at this performance of Lawnmower, the truth is that Acaster, thanks to the fact he ...

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Gym Party – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Devised by: Tim Cowbury, Jessica Latowicki, Christopher Brett Bailey and Ira Brand Reviewer: Katie Mitchell [rating:4] It’s a party unlike any other. Three competitors battle to the death in party games and competitions to see which one is victor and should survive.Gym Partyis an exciting and new devised play created by Made In China. Their aim is to create theatre ...

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The Epicene Butcher and Other Stories for Consenting Adults – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Director: John Trengove Reviewer: Andrew Latimer [rating:4] Those who have enjoyed the recent 25-year anniversary rerelease ofMy Neighbour TotoroandGrave of the Firefliesmay well findEpicene Butcherto be a perfect cultural accompaniment: a celebration of Japanese art. Others may simply find this old-style gem an enlightening and soothing experience. South African performer Jemma Kahn, with the help of her doe-eyed, animé schoolgirl ...

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Kubrick3 – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer and Director: David Byrne Reviewer: Anna Ambelez [Rating:4.5] There is nothing stranger than fact and Kubrick3 proves that. Based on Alan Conway, con-man and fraudster, who spent three years impersonating Stanley Kubrick. Despondent with his failed life, he turned to fantasy, assuming the persona of the famous film maker. He was successful in this deception as few people knew ...

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These Halcyon Days: Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Writer: Deirdre Kinahan Director: David Horan Reviewer: Anna Ambelez [Rating:5] A superb splendidly stunning show and how! Ex-actor, Sean (Stephen Brennan) and new resident, retired teacher Patricia (Anita Reeves) find themselves in the conservatory of a nursing home. They gradually reveal their lives and expectations as their relationship develops; Sean has Parkinson’s disease and Pamela has cirrhosis of the liver. ...

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Freak Show – Assembly Bosco, Edinburgh

Music: Claire McKenzie Book &Lyrics: Scott Gilmour Director: Phil McCormack Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:3] Claire McKenzie and Scott Gilmour’s new musical based on the life on and off stage of a travelling freak show has recently been commended in the 2013 Scottish Daily Mail Edinburgh Festival Fringe Drama Awards for Innovative New Writing, and its certainly a deserving accolade. It’s ...

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Pigeon English – Underbelly, Edinburgh

Writer: Stephen Kelman Adaptor: Gbolahan Obisesan Director: Miranda Cromwell Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:4] The National Youth Theatre in association with Bristol Old Vic present the UK premiere of Stephen Kelman’s tragic tale of Harri, a young immigrant from Ghana who finds himself caught up on the wrong side of the tracks and become the target of street crime. Kelman’s novel ...

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The List – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Director:Muriel Romanes Playwright: Jennifer Tremblay Reviewer: Katie Mitchell [rating:3] The audience is led away from the buzz of Festival excitement in Summerhall’s courtyard to an eerie atmosphere in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre. This venue is intimate and exudes the iconic Lecture Theatres that Edinburgh University used to play host to, now, a perfect space to showcase a Stellar Quines production. ...

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