Edinburgh Festival

Theatre review: These Troubled Times

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: These Troubled Times, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★ There’s something pleasingly delirious about this slice of absurdist satire set in a Florida suburb and involving a family, their dog, their uncle, the uncle’s ex-boyfriend, an evangelistic neighbour (playwright Troy Diana in drag) and some very strange goings-on that …

Theatre review: These Troubled Times

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: These Troubled Times, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★ There’s something pleasingly delirious about this slice of absurdist satire set in a Florida suburb and involving a family, their dog, their uncle, the uncle’s ex-boyfriend, an evangelistic neighbour (playwright Troy Diana in drag) and some very strange goings-on that …

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August 20, 2015

Theatre review: The Sacred Obscene

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Sacred Obscene, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ Strippers are often still viewed in our culture as “the lowest of the low”, as one character here puts it. The Sacred Obscene aims to redress that misogynistic stereotype and succeeds in presenting a multifaceted survey of the reality of …

Theatre review: The Sacred Obscene

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Sacred Obscene, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ Strippers are often still viewed in our culture as “the lowest of the low”, as one character here puts it. The Sacred Obscene aims to redress that misogynistic stereotype and succeeds in presenting a multifaceted survey of the reality of …

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August 20, 2015

Theatre review: ErictheFred

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: ErictheFred, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ Chris Lynam has long been celebrated for his clown work in productions such as Slava’s Snow Show as well as his anarchic, high-octane solo routines on the comedy and cabaret circuit, which typically end with him sticking a firework where the sun …

Theatre review: ErictheFred

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: ErictheFred, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ Chris Lynam has long been celebrated for his clown work in productions such as Slava’s Snow Show as well as his anarchic, high-octane solo routines on the comedy and cabaret circuit, which typically end with him sticking a firework where the sun …

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August 19, 2015

Cabaret review: Tales from a Cabaret

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Tales from a Cabaret, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ When setting out their stall for this show, the Creative Martyrs promise “no nudity or swearing, just stories and songs”. But what stories and songs. The Martyrs have been performing their jaunty brand of absurdist political satire for more …

Cabaret review: Tales from a Cabaret

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Tales from a Cabaret, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ When setting out their stall for this show, the Creative Martyrs promise “no nudity or swearing, just stories and songs”. But what stories and songs. The Martyrs have been performing their jaunty brand of absurdist political satire for more …

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August 19, 2015

Cabaret review: The Gideon & Hubcap Show

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: The Gideon & Hubcap Show, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ New York “stove-top folk troubadours” Gideon & Hubcap normally perform in people’s homes and there’s something of the front room about their set-up in the Underbelly’s Wee Coo space. Cluttered with unusual instruments, fairy lights and bizarre props …

Cabaret review: The Gideon & Hubcap Show

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: The Gideon & Hubcap Show, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ New York “stove-top folk troubadours” Gideon & Hubcap normally perform in people’s homes and there’s something of the front room about their set-up in the Underbelly’s Wee Coo space. Cluttered with unusual instruments, fairy lights and bizarre props …

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August 18, 2015

Theatre review: Anatomy of the Piano (for Beginners)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Anatomy of the Piano (for Beginners), reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters ★★★ In THIS thoroughly charming and craftily educational hour, pianist Will Pickvance takes children and newcomers to the piano on a fantastical guided tour of its history. Sitting at the keyboard, he describes his childhood disappointment one Christmas …

Theatre review: Anatomy of the Piano (for Beginners)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Anatomy of the Piano (for Beginners), reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters ★★★ In THIS thoroughly charming and craftily educational hour, pianist Will Pickvance takes children and newcomers to the piano on a fantastical guided tour of its history. Sitting at the keyboard, he describes his childhood disappointment one Christmas …

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August 17, 2015

Cabaret review: We Can Make You Happy

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: We Can Make You Happy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters ★★★★ Ah, happiness. A simple truth available to all who want it, or the last frontier of cynical consumerism? House of Blakewell (aka Harry Blake and Alice Keedwell) determine to crack it once and for all in this clever, …

Cabaret review: We Can Make You Happy

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: We Can Make You Happy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters ★★★★ Ah, happiness. A simple truth available to all who want it, or the last frontier of cynical consumerism? House of Blakewell (aka Harry Blake and Alice Keedwell) determine to crack it once and for all in this clever, …

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August 17, 2015

Theatre review: This Much (or An Act of Violence Towards the Institution of Marriage)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: This Much (or An Act of Violence Towards the Institution of Marriage), reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ Gar (Lewis Hart) isn’t sure what he wants. His boyfriend Anthony (Simon Carroll-Jones) is the domestic type, nice but highly strung, while Albert (James Parris), the young guy Gar has been …

Theatre review: This Much (or An Act of Violence Towards the Institution of Marriage)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: This Much (or An Act of Violence Towards the Institution of Marriage), reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ Gar (Lewis Hart) isn’t sure what he wants. His boyfriend Anthony (Simon Carroll-Jones) is the domestic type, nice but highly strung, while Albert (James Parris), the young guy Gar has been …

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August 14, 2015

Theatre review: The Emperor of America

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Emperor of America, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★ San Francisco, 1854, the height of the Wild West. Journalist Mark Twain rolls into town to find a menagerie of crooked grandees, professional killers, bordello madams and the self-declared Emperor of America, aka genteel bum Joshua Norton. Breadknives Productions …

Theatre review: The Emperor of America

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Emperor of America, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★ San Francisco, 1854, the height of the Wild West. Journalist Mark Twain rolls into town to find a menagerie of crooked grandees, professional killers, bordello madams and the self-declared Emperor of America, aka genteel bum Joshua Norton. Breadknives Productions …

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August 14, 2015

Theatre review: I Am Not Myself These Days

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: I Am Not Myself These Days, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ You know it’s a bad night when you’re telling people you’re fine despite coming round in a pile of trash. Or when the two brothers you brought home for sex end up beating you up. Or when …

Theatre review: I Am Not Myself These Days

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: I Am Not Myself These Days, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ You know it’s a bad night when you’re telling people you’re fine despite coming round in a pile of trash. Or when the two brothers you brought home for sex end up beating you up. Or when …

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August 14, 2015

Music review: Alchemy of the Piano

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Alchemy of the Piano, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ Will Pickvance assures us at the start of this impressive hour of musical larking around that, in the words of Thelonious Monk, “a piano ain’t got no wrong notes”. Pickvance certainly isn’t afraid of hitting an off key now …

Music review: Alchemy of the Piano

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Alchemy of the Piano, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ Will Pickvance assures us at the start of this impressive hour of musical larking around that, in the words of Thelonious Monk, “a piano ain’t got no wrong notes”. Pickvance certainly isn’t afraid of hitting an off key now …

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August 14, 2015

Theatre review: Ursula Invents Old Woman

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Ursula Invents Old Woman, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ The science fiction novelist Ursula K Le Guin is at home to an unusual caller in this ambitious and stimulating two-hander inspired by Le Guin’s real-life suggestion that until recently “there actually were only men” – in the sense …

Theatre review: Ursula Invents Old Woman

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Ursula Invents Old Woman, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ The science fiction novelist Ursula K Le Guin is at home to an unusual caller in this ambitious and stimulating two-hander inspired by Le Guin’s real-life suggestion that until recently “there actually were only men” – in the sense …

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August 12, 2015

Theatre review: We This Way

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: We This Way, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ We This Way is a bit like Choose Your Own Adventure by way of Krapp’s Last Tape and Jung’s archetypes of the collective unconscious. Storyteller Seth Kriebel sits at a desk on stage, from which he operates a console controlling …

Theatre review: We This Way

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: We This Way, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ We This Way is a bit like Choose Your Own Adventure by way of Krapp’s Last Tape and Jung’s archetypes of the collective unconscious. Storyteller Seth Kriebel sits at a desk on stage, from which he operates a console controlling …

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August 11, 2015

Theatre review: Nudity, Free Beer, Good for Kids

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Nudity, Free Beer, Good for Kids, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★ This semi-improvised knockabout offering from young Canadian company Yuffa Fringe gets points for its attention-grabbing title – although, for the avoidance of doubt, there’s no nudity and kids are liable to be bamboozled. So are adults. The …

Theatre review: Nudity, Free Beer, Good for Kids

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Nudity, Free Beer, Good for Kids, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★ This semi-improvised knockabout offering from young Canadian company Yuffa Fringe gets points for its attention-grabbing title – although, for the avoidance of doubt, there’s no nudity and kids are liable to be bamboozled. So are adults. The …

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August 11, 2015

Cabaret review: Puddles Pity Party

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Puddles Pity Party, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters ★★★★ You might have seen Puddles on YouTube: he’s the “sad clown with the golden voice” who went viral with a disarmingly sonorous cover version of Lorde’s hit Royals. If you aren’t familiar, he’s a dolorous, outsized Pierrot type who sings …

Cabaret review: Puddles Pity Party

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Puddles Pity Party, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters ★★★★ You might have seen Puddles on YouTube: he’s the “sad clown with the golden voice” who went viral with a disarmingly sonorous cover version of Lorde’s hit Royals. If you aren’t familiar, he’s a dolorous, outsized Pierrot type who sings …

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August 11, 2015

Dance review: Hitch!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: Hitch!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters ★★★ What better inspiration for a circus show than the master of suspense? The films of Alfred Hitchcock are the basis of this ambitious production from seven-strong company Mary Bijou Cabaret, combining classic circus forms with dance, spoken word and cabaret (including hula …

Dance review: Hitch!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: Hitch!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters ★★★ What better inspiration for a circus show than the master of suspense? The films of Alfred Hitchcock are the basis of this ambitious production from seven-strong company Mary Bijou Cabaret, combining classic circus forms with dance, spoken word and cabaret (including hula …

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August 11, 2015

Miss Behave’s Game Show

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (cabaret): Miss Behave’s Game Show at Heroes @ Bob & Miss Behave’s Bookshop (Venue 212). Reviewed by Ben Walters “What on earth is a glitterball doing talking to you through a cardboard mic about your phone?” It’s a fair question. The glitterball at issue is in fact a performer in …

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