Edinburgh Festival

Cabaret review: K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ “Who am I today?” That’s the refrain of one character we meet in K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand, a remarkable show whose form is as fluid and shifting as its subjects. Created by New Zealand’s Okareka …

Cabaret review: K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ “Who am I today?” That’s the refrain of one character we meet in K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand, a remarkable show whose form is as fluid and shifting as its subjects. Created by New Zealand’s Okareka …

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August 28, 2015

Theatre review: Now Listen To Me Very Carefully

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Now Listen To Me Very Carefully, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ When Arnie said he’d be back, he didn’t mean 238 times. But that’s how often Andy Roberts watched Terminator 2: Judgment Day, first as a kid, then as a grown-up struggling to adjust to adulthood. A therapist …

Theatre review: Now Listen To Me Very Carefully

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Now Listen To Me Very Carefully, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ When Arnie said he’d be back, he didn’t mean 238 times. But that’s how often Andy Roberts watched Terminator 2: Judgment Day, first as a kid, then as a grown-up struggling to adjust to adulthood. A therapist …

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August 28, 2015

Cabaret review: Smack, Crackle n’ Pop!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Smack, Crackle n’ Pop!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ This breakfast show with a difference is the debut fringe venture from Danny Ash and Emily Bee, young regulars on the London alternative cabaret and performance circuit. Set up as a breezy way to start your day – despite …

Cabaret review: Smack, Crackle n’ Pop!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Smack, Crackle n’ Pop!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ This breakfast show with a difference is the debut fringe venture from Danny Ash and Emily Bee, young regulars on the London alternative cabaret and performance circuit. Set up as a breezy way to start your day – despite …

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August 28, 2015

Theatre review: The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ This snapshot of “the perfect model of Australian domesticity” from Sydney’s Café Debris Company just might be the most fantastically foul thing at the Fringe. Crammed into the tiny Attic space at the Counting House, it’s an …

Theatre review: The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ This snapshot of “the perfect model of Australian domesticity” from Sydney’s Café Debris Company just might be the most fantastically foul thing at the Fringe. Crammed into the tiny Attic space at the Counting House, it’s an …

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August 27, 2015

Cabaret review: The Lipsinkers: Evolution of the Fags

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: The LipSinkers: Evolution of the Fags, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★★ The LipSinkers are a drag troupe who mime to pop songs. But their show isn’t A Night Out with Danny La Rue. It’s not RuPaul’s Drag Race. And it’s not for the mild at heart or the …

Cabaret review: The Lipsinkers: Evolution of the Fags

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: The LipSinkers: Evolution of the Fags, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★★ The LipSinkers are a drag troupe who mime to pop songs. But their show isn’t A Night Out with Danny La Rue. It’s not RuPaul’s Drag Race. And it’s not for the mild at heart or the …

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August 27, 2015

Cabaret review: Le Haggis

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Le Haggis, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ The new-model variety show established by La Clique at Edinburgh in 2004 has dominated the Fringe cabaret scene for more than a decade now, with numerous variations on the theme emerging in recent years. So it’s perhaps high time for a …

Cabaret review: Le Haggis

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Le Haggis, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ The new-model variety show established by La Clique at Edinburgh in 2004 has dominated the Fringe cabaret scene for more than a decade now, with numerous variations on the theme emerging in recent years. So it’s perhaps high time for a …

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August 27, 2015

Cabaret review: La Clique and the Famous Spiegeltent presents Velvet

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: La Clique and the Famous Spiegeltent presents Velvet, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ From a team including veterans of world-beating variety show La Clique, this disco-themed production certainly knows how to deliver a crowd-pleasing spectacle. Set in a gilded Eighties nightclub, all spangly gold outfits and pulsing light-walls, …

Cabaret review: La Clique and the Famous Spiegeltent presents Velvet

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: La Clique and the Famous Spiegeltent presents Velvet, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ From a team including veterans of world-beating variety show La Clique, this disco-themed production certainly knows how to deliver a crowd-pleasing spectacle. Set in a gilded Eighties nightclub, all spangly gold outfits and pulsing light-walls, …

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August 27, 2015

Dance review: Awkward Happiness

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: Awkward Happiness, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★ From Polish-based experimental dance and physical theatre company Studio Matejka, Awkward Happiness offers a series of movement-based vignettes exploring the challenges of pursuing happiness in romantic relationships. There’s power in the show’s vocabulary of pushing, falling, climbing, carrying, and holding and …

Dance review: Awkward Happiness

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: Awkward Happiness, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★ From Polish-based experimental dance and physical theatre company Studio Matejka, Awkward Happiness offers a series of movement-based vignettes exploring the challenges of pursuing happiness in romantic relationships. There’s power in the show’s vocabulary of pushing, falling, climbing, carrying, and holding and …

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August 27, 2015

Cabaret review: Dive and Summerhall present… C U Next Tuesday Cabaret

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Dive and Summerhall present… C U Next Tuesday Cabaret, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters ★★★★ This weekly night of alternative acts and odd fun comes from year-round Edinburgh queer cabaret party Dive. Our host is Miss Annabel Sings, resplendent in shades and a pink-and-gold look, framed by a wooden …

Cabaret review: Dive and Summerhall present… C U Next Tuesday Cabaret

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Dive and Summerhall present… C U Next Tuesday Cabaret, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters ★★★★ This weekly night of alternative acts and odd fun comes from year-round Edinburgh queer cabaret party Dive. Our host is Miss Annabel Sings, resplendent in shades and a pink-and-gold look, framed by a wooden …

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August 25, 2015

Dance review: You

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: You, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★ In this solo piece, Cirque du Soleil veteran James Kingsford-Smith displays impressive talents and opens up provocative subjects without demonstrating full confidence in either. In the guise of cocky yet self-questioning Eduardo, he lithely prowls the stage and Tarzans around its large …

Dance review: You

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: You, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★ In this solo piece, Cirque du Soleil veteran James Kingsford-Smith displays impressive talents and opens up provocative subjects without demonstrating full confidence in either. In the guise of cocky yet self-questioning Eduardo, he lithely prowls the stage and Tarzans around its large …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: Bed

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: BED, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★ A timely selfie of the phone-app hook-up generation, this LSE student production surveys promising terrain without seeming sure what to do there. Starry-eyed Eddie (Nikhil Parmar) falls for smug actor Robin (Joe Shalom) as flatmates Imogen (Celine Buckens) and Lena (Morgan Daniels) …

Theatre review: Bed

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: BED, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★ A timely selfie of the phone-app hook-up generation, this LSE student production surveys promising terrain without seeming sure what to do there. Starry-eyed Eddie (Nikhil Parmar) falls for smug actor Robin (Joe Shalom) as flatmates Imogen (Celine Buckens) and Lena (Morgan Daniels) …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: Le Gateau Chocolat: Black

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Le Gateau Chocolat: Black, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters ★★★★ Thanks to show-stealing turns in La Clique and La Soirée, as well as barnstorming solo productions of his own, Le Gateau Chocolat is known for getting the party started with his extraordinary room-filling baritone and distinctive taste in outsized …

Theatre review: Le Gateau Chocolat: Black

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Le Gateau Chocolat: Black, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters ★★★★ Thanks to show-stealing turns in La Clique and La Soirée, as well as barnstorming solo productions of his own, Le Gateau Chocolat is known for getting the party started with his extraordinary room-filling baritone and distinctive taste in outsized …

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August 24, 2015

Comedy review: The Kinsey Sicks: America’s Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: The Kinsey Sicks: America’s Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters ★★★ When it comes to “dragapella”, American quartet the Kinsey Sicks have pretty much got the market sewn up. After decades in the biz, their harmonies are tight, their choreography …

Comedy review: The Kinsey Sicks: America’s Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: The Kinsey Sicks: America’s Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters ★★★ When it comes to “dragapella”, American quartet the Kinsey Sicks have pretty much got the market sewn up. After decades in the biz, their harmonies are tight, their choreography …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: Titania – A Solo Cabaret

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Titania – A Solo Cabaret, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★ This is a strange piece, an adaptation of the fairy queen’s love story from A Midsummer Night’s Dream that works neither as Shakespeare nor as cabaret. Writer-performer Anna-Helena McLean flits around the room embodying the tale’s characters, interspersing …

Theatre review: Titania – A Solo Cabaret

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Titania – A Solo Cabaret, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★ This is a strange piece, an adaptation of the fairy queen’s love story from A Midsummer Night’s Dream that works neither as Shakespeare nor as cabaret. Writer-performer Anna-Helena McLean flits around the room embodying the tale’s characters, interspersing …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: Garden

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Garden, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ After a stressful appraisal in the office, Lucy (writer-performer Lucy Grace) goes to the park to take her mind off things. It’s relaxing but she mustn’t linger too long. As she recognises, “I’ve probably been lying face down in this flowerbed longer …

Theatre review: Garden

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Garden, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ After a stressful appraisal in the office, Lucy (writer-performer Lucy Grace) goes to the park to take her mind off things. It’s relaxing but she mustn’t linger too long. As she recognises, “I’ve probably been lying face down in this flowerbed longer …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: Detached

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Detached, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ Lucy (Sarah-Beth Brown) hasn’t always had the most fulfilling relationships, as she tells us in the introduction to this sweet but slight exploration of getting love wrong. Direct addresses to the audience are interspersed with the potted histories of three romances: one …

Theatre review: Detached

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Detached, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ Lucy (Sarah-Beth Brown) hasn’t always had the most fulfilling relationships, as she tells us in the introduction to this sweet but slight exploration of getting love wrong. Direct addresses to the audience are interspersed with the potted histories of three romances: one …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: I Got Dressed in Front of My Nephew Today

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: I Got Dressed in Front of My Nephew Today, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ At her terrific welcoming address to this year’s Fringe performers, Bryony Kimmings talked about how her work explores “public secrets” – things everyone knows but no one talks about. This production from new company …

Theatre review: I Got Dressed in Front of My Nephew Today

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: I Got Dressed in Front of My Nephew Today, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ At her terrific welcoming address to this year’s Fringe performers, Bryony Kimmings talked about how her work explores “public secrets” – things everyone knows but no one talks about. This production from new company …

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August 20, 2015
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