Edinburgh Festival

Children’s show review: The Piper

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Piper, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★★ An elaborate and potentially pitfall-laden show, this ambitious piece of work from Australian company My Darling Patricia hits all its beats perfectly, telling a story which should enthral younger viewers and engage adults in its clever ecological message. The level …

Children’s show review: The Piper

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Piper, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★★ An elaborate and potentially pitfall-laden show, this ambitious piece of work from Australian company My Darling Patricia hits all its beats perfectly, telling a story which should enthral younger viewers and engage adults in its clever ecological message. The level …

4
September 2, 2015

Theatre review: The Girl Who Fell in Love With the Moon

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Girl Who Fell in Love With the Moon, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ There are shades of Tim Burton, Amanda Palmer and Les Enfants Terribles (who mentored this project ) to the Human Zoo Theatre Company’s quirky anthology of star-gazing short tales, and it’s a well-worked aesthetic. …

Theatre review: The Girl Who Fell in Love With the Moon

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Girl Who Fell in Love With the Moon, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ There are shades of Tim Burton, Amanda Palmer and Les Enfants Terribles (who mentored this project ) to the Human Zoo Theatre Company’s quirky anthology of star-gazing short tales, and it’s a well-worked aesthetic. …

3
August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Ernie

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Ernie, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ An acting graduate in 2013 with a handful of small television roles and stage parts already behind him, actor James Craze seems to have used this hour-long monologue – his first professional work – as a portfolio piece as much as anything …

Theatre review: Ernie

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Ernie, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ An acting graduate in 2013 with a handful of small television roles and stage parts already behind him, actor James Craze seems to have used this hour-long monologue – his first professional work – as a portfolio piece as much as anything …

3
August 31, 2015

Children’s show review: The Periodic Fable

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Periodic Fable, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ “You don’t need a beard to be a scientist,” declare Karen Fraser and Erin McCardie, appearing as themselves and tapping timeously into the recent furore about women apparently being too attractive to function in the lab. Not that their …

Children’s show review: The Periodic Fable

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Periodic Fable, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ “You don’t need a beard to be a scientist,” declare Karen Fraser and Erin McCardie, appearing as themselves and tapping timeously into the recent furore about women apparently being too attractive to function in the lab. Not that their …

3
August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Gomaar Trilogy

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Gomaar Trilogy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ Somewhat inaccurately billed in the Fringe programme, this play from Ultima Thule isn’t one trilogy told in a single sitting, but three separate plays told on consecutive days. As such it might require a degree of commitment from the audience, but …

Theatre review: Gomaar Trilogy

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Gomaar Trilogy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ Somewhat inaccurately billed in the Fringe programme, this play from Ultima Thule isn’t one trilogy told in a single sitting, but three separate plays told on consecutive days. As such it might require a degree of commitment from the audience, but …

3
August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Islands

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Islands, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ It’s no mean feat, to take two married, upper middle class representatives of the most supposedly self-absorbed vocations an already entirely self-absorbed person might choose and not just throw them together on stage, but to make them human and relatable. Of course, …

Theatre review: Islands

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Islands, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ It’s no mean feat, to take two married, upper middle class representatives of the most supposedly self-absorbed vocations an already entirely self-absorbed person might choose and not just throw them together on stage, but to make them human and relatable. Of course, …

3
August 31, 2015

Children’s show review: Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ Presented as part of the From Start to Finnish showcase from Finland, this is a bizarre but enthusiastically well-composed kids show based on the novel by Barbro Lindgren, in which little Masarin (Meri Anna Hulkkonen) lives with his dressing …

Children’s show review: Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ Presented as part of the From Start to Finnish showcase from Finland, this is a bizarre but enthusiastically well-composed kids show based on the novel by Barbro Lindgren, in which little Masarin (Meri Anna Hulkkonen) lives with his dressing …

3
August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Scour

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Scour, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ There’s definite potential in this confident and truthful monologue from young Edinburgh playwright Rebecca Monks, and plenty to enjoy on its own terms. Not that enjoy might be the correct term for what the audience experiences, because the piece deals with a …

Theatre review: Scour

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Scour, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ There’s definite potential in this confident and truthful monologue from young Edinburgh playwright Rebecca Monks, and plenty to enjoy on its own terms. Not that enjoy might be the correct term for what the audience experiences, because the piece deals with a …

3
August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Open

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Open, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ IN PERHAPS the ultimate act of taking the political temperature of the average bloke or woman on the street, Nottingham New Theatre went out and interviewed a bunch of them prior to the UK general election earlier this year, and then devised …

Theatre review: Open

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Open, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ IN PERHAPS the ultimate act of taking the political temperature of the average bloke or woman on the street, Nottingham New Theatre went out and interviewed a bunch of them prior to the UK general election earlier this year, and then devised …

3
August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Paintings and Cake

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Paintings and Cake, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★ It’s well-performed, proudly absurdist and in love with the idea of reflecting knowledgeably upon art history, but the good parts of this piece – the character trapped inside a Monet, the chilling descriptions of Goya’s work – are sketch-like and …

Theatre review: Paintings and Cake

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Paintings and Cake, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★ It’s well-performed, proudly absurdist and in love with the idea of reflecting knowledgeably upon art history, but the good parts of this piece – the character trapped inside a Monet, the chilling descriptions of Goya’s work – are sketch-like and …

2
August 31, 2015

Theatre review: May I Have the Bill Please? by Robin Mitchell

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: May I Have the Bill Please? by Robin Mitchell, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ We’ve all been there, although whether to the exaggerated degree of those in Robin Mitchell’s site-specific comedy play is open to debate. Two older couples – clearly so used to sharing a meal out …

Theatre review: May I Have the Bill Please? by Robin Mitchell

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: May I Have the Bill Please? by Robin Mitchell, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ We’ve all been there, although whether to the exaggerated degree of those in Robin Mitchell’s site-specific comedy play is open to debate. Two older couples – clearly so used to sharing a meal out …

3
August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Shazam!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Shazam!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ Don’t worry about the magic, it’s incidental here. The story may be about a magician named Phil, but the magic he’s seeking to rediscover isn’t so much what goes on onstage. He’s lost his confidence as a performer and can’t see it …

Theatre review: Shazam!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Shazam!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ Don’t worry about the magic, it’s incidental here. The story may be about a magician named Phil, but the magic he’s seeking to rediscover isn’t so much what goes on onstage. He’s lost his confidence as a performer and can’t see it …

3
August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Sweetness and Light

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Sweetness and Light, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★ Two male leads give strong and very watchable performances as Dextrose and Glucose, the gangsterish cockney wideboys and “Community Sanitisers” working for the Office of Population Adjustment in a dystopian parallel London, who burst in and intimidate their target Sweetums, …

Theatre review: Sweetness and Light

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Sweetness and Light, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★ Two male leads give strong and very watchable performances as Dextrose and Glucose, the gangsterish cockney wideboys and “Community Sanitisers” working for the Office of Population Adjustment in a dystopian parallel London, who burst in and intimidate their target Sweetums, …

2
August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Hearts of Folk

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Hearts of Folk, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ This ensemble comedy from young company TalkSimple is somewhat DIY and the overarching story doesn’t hit each beat quite as sweetly as we might like it to, but whoever wrote the gags is a keeper. The play tells of touring …

Theatre review: Hearts of Folk

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Hearts of Folk, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ This ensemble comedy from young company TalkSimple is somewhat DIY and the overarching story doesn’t hit each beat quite as sweetly as we might like it to, but whoever wrote the gags is a keeper. The play tells of touring …

4
August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Heartlands

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Heartlands, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ It SOUNDS like the premise for a ropey Hollywood romantic comedy, that a famous Hollywood actress and a humanitarian charity boss with a celebrity profile find their paths continually crossing over the years, drawing them closer together and yet deeper into what …

Theatre review: Heartlands

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Heartlands, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ It SOUNDS like the premise for a ropey Hollywood romantic comedy, that a famous Hollywood actress and a humanitarian charity boss with a celebrity profile find their paths continually crossing over the years, drawing them closer together and yet deeper into what …

4
August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Echoes by Henry Naylor

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Echoes by Henry Naylor, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ The grim revelation this month that American aid worker Kayla Mueller was a victim of rape before her death earlier this year while a captive of Islamic State lends this piece of new writing a cutting edge relevance. “Heaven …

Theatre review: Echoes by Henry Naylor

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Echoes by Henry Naylor, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ The grim revelation this month that American aid worker Kayla Mueller was a victim of rape before her death earlier this year while a captive of Islamic State lends this piece of new writing a cutting edge relevance. “Heaven …

4
August 31, 2015

Children’s show review: Annabelle’s Skirting Board Adventure

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Annabelle’s Skirting Board Adventure, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ Comprising the less-than-likely double act of Little Howard creator Howard Read and Steve Pretty of Hackney Colliery Band, Annabelle’s Skirting Board Adventure seamlessly fuses the pair’s joint skills in comedy, music and interaction with animated characters. Suitable for …

Children’s show review: Annabelle’s Skirting Board Adventure

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Annabelle’s Skirting Board Adventure, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ Comprising the less-than-likely double act of Little Howard creator Howard Read and Steve Pretty of Hackney Colliery Band, Annabelle’s Skirting Board Adventure seamlessly fuses the pair’s joint skills in comedy, music and interaction with animated characters. Suitable for …

4
August 31, 2015
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