Edinburgh Festival

Theatre review: The Human Ear

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Human Ear, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ Of all the shows I’ve seen on this year’s Fringe, Alexandra Wood’s latest play, presented by Paines Plough and directed by George Perrin, is perhaps the most dazzling technical tour-de-force, in terms of its demands on actors. Performed with astonishing …

Theatre review: The Human Ear

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Human Ear, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ Of all the shows I’ve seen on this year’s Fringe, Alexandra Wood’s latest play, presented by Paines Plough and directed by George Perrin, is perhaps the most dazzling technical tour-de-force, in terms of its demands on actors. Performed with astonishing …

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September 2, 2015

Theatre review: Counting Stars

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Counting Stars, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ Set in the toilets of a downmarket nightclub in Woolwich, in the immediate aftermath of the violent murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, Atiha Sen Gupta’s new play has become one of the quiet successes of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, shortlisted for …

Theatre review: Counting Stars

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Counting Stars, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ Set in the toilets of a downmarket nightclub in Woolwich, in the immediate aftermath of the violent murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, Atiha Sen Gupta’s new play has become one of the quiet successes of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, shortlisted for …

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September 2, 2015

Theatre review: Tonight With Donny Stixx

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Tonight With Donny Stixx, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ IF YOU WANT to see fresh-faced young theatre graduates playing murderous psychopaths with a florid range of physical tics, then the Edinburgh Fringe is the place to come. In this festival increasingly dominated by solo shows, the genre is …

Theatre review: Tonight With Donny Stixx

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Tonight With Donny Stixx, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ IF YOU WANT to see fresh-faced young theatre graduates playing murderous psychopaths with a florid range of physical tics, then the Edinburgh Fringe is the place to come. In this festival increasingly dominated by solo shows, the genre is …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Forever Young

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Forever Young, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ IN THE MIDDLE of a busy Fringe day, I find myself in a moment of peace; sitting on a chair in a shop doorway on the corner of Queensferry Street, doing some people-watching, thinking about the hard question I’ve already been …

Theatre review: Forever Young

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Forever Young, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ IN THE MIDDLE of a busy Fringe day, I find myself in a moment of peace; sitting on a chair in a shop doorway on the corner of Queensferry Street, doing some people-watching, thinking about the hard question I’ve already been …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: 17 Border Crossings

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: 17 Border Crossings, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ IT MAY be one of the most elegant shows on the Fringe, this 75-minute monologue by director, actor and designer Thaddeus Phillips – perhaps almost too elegant for its theme, which focuses on the supremely topical story of people trying …

Theatre review: 17 Border Crossings

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: 17 Border Crossings, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ IT MAY be one of the most elegant shows on the Fringe, this 75-minute monologue by director, actor and designer Thaddeus Phillips – perhaps almost too elegant for its theme, which focuses on the supremely topical story of people trying …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Am I Dead Yet?

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Am I Dead Yet?, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★ THERE must be a great show to be written, sometime soon, about what happens to the human psyche when science reaches a point where death, the one shared certainty of human life, begins to seem no longer inevitable. It’s …

Theatre review: Am I Dead Yet?

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Am I Dead Yet?, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★ THERE must be a great show to be written, sometime soon, about what happens to the human psyche when science reaches a point where death, the one shared certainty of human life, begins to seem no longer inevitable. It’s …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Katie O’Kelly’s Counter Culture

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Katie O’Kelly’s Counter Culture, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ IN A department store in Dublin’s O’Connell Street, Christmas is coming; but not for the shopworkers, who – in 21st century post-crash Ireland – find themselves steadily losing the employment rights their parents and grandparents fought for, and won. …

Theatre review: Katie O’Kelly’s Counter Culture

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Katie O’Kelly’s Counter Culture, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ IN A department store in Dublin’s O’Connell Street, Christmas is coming; but not for the shopworkers, who – in 21st century post-crash Ireland – find themselves steadily losing the employment rights their parents and grandparents fought for, and won. …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: A Game Of You

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Game Of You, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ ONTROEREND Goed is one of Belgium’s most acclaimed theatre groups and one of the key reasons for their fame is that instead of simply reflecting the profound individualism of the culture in which we live, they like to invite …

Theatre review: A Game Of You

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Game Of You, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ ONTROEREND Goed is one of Belgium’s most acclaimed theatre groups and one of the key reasons for their fame is that instead of simply reflecting the profound individualism of the culture in which we live, they like to invite …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: The Year Of The Hare

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Year Of The Hare, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★ THE partnership between the Helsinki-based Rhymateatteri and a group of Scottish artists led by playwright Catherine Grosvenor is now a well-established feature of the Fringe, and this year’s offering, written by Grosvenor from an original text by Esa …

Theatre review: The Year Of The Hare

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Year Of The Hare, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★ THE partnership between the Helsinki-based Rhymateatteri and a group of Scottish artists led by playwright Catherine Grosvenor is now a well-established feature of the Fringe, and this year’s offering, written by Grosvenor from an original text by Esa …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: The Communist Threat

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Communist Threat, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★ THE year is 1950, and in a hotel room in Vienna, two men confront one another. Both work for Britain’s secret service, MI6, but Kip is a classic product of public school and Oxbridge, while Albert has a working-class accent, …

Theatre review: The Communist Threat

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Communist Threat, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★ THE year is 1950, and in a hotel room in Vienna, two men confront one another. Both work for Britain’s secret service, MI6, but Kip is a classic product of public school and Oxbridge, while Albert has a working-class accent, …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Iphigenia In Splott

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Iphigenia In Splott, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ SOMETIMES, it takes a really great piece of writing – an Oliver Twist, say, or A View From The Bridge – to challenge a climate of vicious indifference to the lives of poor people and to reaffirm the truth of …

Theatre review: Iphigenia In Splott

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Iphigenia In Splott, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ SOMETIMES, it takes a really great piece of writing – an Oliver Twist, say, or A View From The Bridge – to challenge a climate of vicious indifference to the lives of poor people and to reaffirm the truth of …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Willie And Sebastian

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Willie And Sebastian, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★ TWO years ago, they won a Fringe First for Kiss Me Honey Honey, Ian Pattison’s bizarre and hilarious comedy about two middle-aged men devastated by divorce, who find themselves living in the same dodgy Edinburgh rooming-house. This year Grant Stott …

Theatre review: Willie And Sebastian

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Willie And Sebastian, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★ TWO years ago, they won a Fringe First for Kiss Me Honey Honey, Ian Pattison’s bizarre and hilarious comedy about two middle-aged men devastated by divorce, who find themselves living in the same dodgy Edinburgh rooming-house. This year Grant Stott …

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August 31, 2015

Dance and theatre reviews: Smash It Up | E15

Edinburgh Festival Fringe reviews: Smash It Up and E15, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan Dance, physical theatre & circus: Smash It Up Summerhall (Venue 26) ★★★★ Theatre: E15 Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) ★★★ LET’S say it, loud and clear. Britain’s apparently never-ending property boom, supported by endless tax breaks and help schemes, is driving …

Theatre review: Down & Out In Paris And London

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Down & Out In Paris And London, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★ THEY have one of the best ideas for a show on this year’s Fringe, the alliance of London-based companies behind this fascinating attempt to link George Orwell’s experience of writing about poverty in Paris in the …

Theatre review: Down & Out In Paris And London

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Down & Out In Paris And London, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★ THEY have one of the best ideas for a show on this year’s Fringe, the alliance of London-based companies behind this fascinating attempt to link George Orwell’s experience of writing about poverty in Paris in the …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Walking The Tightrope

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Walking The Tightrope , reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ SUBTITLED “the tension between art and politics”, Walking The Tightrope is probably the show on this year’s Fringe that best deserves to be called essential. Put together by the Underbelly in response to last year’s row over the forced …

Theatre review: Walking The Tightrope

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Walking The Tightrope , reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ SUBTITLED “the tension between art and politics”, Walking The Tightrope is probably the show on this year’s Fringe that best deserves to be called essential. Put together by the Underbelly in response to last year’s row over the forced …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: A Reason To Talk

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Reason To Talk, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ With relations between Iran and the west undergoing a gradual thaw, there’s never been a more vital moment to try to learn and understand more about this beautiful, troubled and hugely creative powerhouse nation at the centre of most …

Theatre review: A Reason To Talk

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Reason To Talk, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ With relations between Iran and the west undergoing a gradual thaw, there’s never been a more vital moment to try to learn and understand more about this beautiful, troubled and hugely creative powerhouse nation at the centre of most …

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August 28, 2015

Theatre review: Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ There’s no defining Penny Arcade. When she climbs on stage to perform her latest one hour show – wearing a dark blue figure-hugging dress, high heels, and a huge slash of red lipstick – the 65-year-old New York …

Theatre review: Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ There’s no defining Penny Arcade. When she climbs on stage to perform her latest one hour show – wearing a dark blue figure-hugging dress, high heels, and a huge slash of red lipstick – the 65-year-old New York …

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August 28, 2015
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