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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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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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Alma, A Human Voice – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Clare Howdon Alma, A Human Voice by company Nina’s Drag Queens is an interesting albeit somewhat confusing play. At the heart of the piece are two stories; one takes inspiration from the nameless female character on the phone in Jean Cocteau’s play La Voix Humaine whilst the other centres on painter Oskar Kokoscha who turned his lover Alma Mahler ...

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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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Backup – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle It’s 4am at the North Pole and a snowstorm is brewing. A van, carrying a television crew snakes through the snow and so begins what is undoubtedly one of the most delightful shows at this year’s festival. A short-form work combining puppetry, object theatre, and gestural theatre, the piece is a charming look at those caught in ...

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Shell Shock – Army@TheFringe Summerhall, Edinburgh

Director: Tim Marriott Adaptation: Tim Marriott Shell Shock is an adaptation of a novel by Neil Blower that deals with Tommy, a soldier struggling to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’s fair to say that the market for plays on this subject seems a little over-crowded if you look through the Fringe programme. What sets this one apart is ...

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Trojan Horse – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle LUNG Theatre has been creating some of the most exciting theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe for a number of years. Renowned for their challenging verbatim work, their offering at the 2018 Festival, Trojan Horse, is their most ambitious to date. The piece charts the Operation Trojan Horse controversy which gripped Birmingham in 2014 in a piece that ...

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