Edinburgh Festival

Theatre review: 17

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: 17, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★ How does being a 17-year-old today differ from being one in the 1940s, 50s or 60s? That’s the question this verbatim piece from a group of young performers (also aged 17) sets out to explore, contrasting the teenage years of a diverse …

Theatre review: 17

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: 17, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★ How does being a 17-year-old today differ from being one in the 1940s, 50s or 60s? That’s the question this verbatim piece from a group of young performers (also aged 17) sets out to explore, contrasting the teenage years of a diverse …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: This is Mary Brown

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: This is Mary Brown, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ “There was a tree,” says Winsome Brown at the beginning of her one-woman autobiographical play, in which she gives a warm and funny insight into her relationship with her mother and other family members, single-handedly bringing together the many …

Theatre review: This is Mary Brown

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: This is Mary Brown, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ “There was a tree,” says Winsome Brown at the beginning of her one-woman autobiographical play, in which she gives a warm and funny insight into her relationship with her mother and other family members, single-handedly bringing together the many …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Some Big Some Bang

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Some Big Some Bang, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★ There is a beautiful orange tree on stage, but beneath it a man is bemoaning that his new baby is exceptionally ugly. Since this baby is a rolled up in a piece of cloth, it’s difficult to judge, but …

Theatre review: Some Big Some Bang

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Some Big Some Bang, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★ There is a beautiful orange tree on stage, but beneath it a man is bemoaning that his new baby is exceptionally ugly. Since this baby is a rolled up in a piece of cloth, it’s difficult to judge, but …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: The Misfit Analysis

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Misfit Analysis, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★ This is “a live art exploration into the mind of Cian Binchy” a caption says at the start – before Cian arrives in a wheelchair (which he later discards), carrying a pot plant and mini-windmill combo. While rotating a can …

Theatre review: The Misfit Analysis

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Misfit Analysis, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★ This is “a live art exploration into the mind of Cian Binchy” a caption says at the start – before Cian arrives in a wheelchair (which he later discards), carrying a pot plant and mini-windmill combo. While rotating a can …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Bedsocks and Secrets

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Bedsocks and Secrets, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★ AN OLDER woman, Ella, is half-undressed and crying. Beside her, her two Geordie care workers are holding on to her clothes, chatting about who’s dating who and where they’d like to go on holiday. As the woman, confused, asks where …

Theatre review: Bedsocks and Secrets

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Bedsocks and Secrets, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★ AN OLDER woman, Ella, is half-undressed and crying. Beside her, her two Geordie care workers are holding on to her clothes, chatting about who’s dating who and where they’d like to go on holiday. As the woman, confused, asks where …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Jekyll

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Jekyll, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★ “BE YOURSELF,” and “I am what I am” say the signs on the wall. This radical reimagining of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in a sinister, stylised dystopia, which revolves around a controlling motivational speaker (Hyde), has a lot …

Theatre review: Jekyll

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Jekyll, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★ “BE YOURSELF,” and “I am what I am” say the signs on the wall. This radical reimagining of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in a sinister, stylised dystopia, which revolves around a controlling motivational speaker (Hyde), has a lot …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Mrs Shakespeare

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Mrs Shakespeare, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ What if William Shakespeare was a woman? And how do we know that he wasn’t? These may sound like ridiculous questions, but beneath the superficial irreverence of this one-woman show is a small-scale subversive comedy about the lack of female voices …

Theatre review: Mrs Shakespeare

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Mrs Shakespeare, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ What if William Shakespeare was a woman? And how do we know that he wasn’t? These may sound like ridiculous questions, but beneath the superficial irreverence of this one-woman show is a small-scale subversive comedy about the lack of female voices …

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August 28, 2015

Theatre review: The Cupboard

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Cupboard, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★ Shortlisted for this year’s Les Enfants Terribles Award, this young company, with their smoky black eye make-up, seem to have been heavily influenced by the popular group’s work. But while this piece isn’t as slick as Les Enfants’ shows, it is …

Theatre review: The Cupboard

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Cupboard, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★ Shortlisted for this year’s Les Enfants Terribles Award, this young company, with their smoky black eye make-up, seem to have been heavily influenced by the popular group’s work. But while this piece isn’t as slick as Les Enfants’ shows, it is …

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August 28, 2015

Dance review: By the Bi

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: By the Bi, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★ Described as a “provocative step forward in the movement for social equality”, this is a well intentioned but on-the-nose exploration of being bisexual and dealing with society’s expectations and prejudices. Earnest and at times accusatory dialogue addressed directly to the …

Dance review: By the Bi

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: By the Bi, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★ Described as a “provocative step forward in the movement for social equality”, this is a well intentioned but on-the-nose exploration of being bisexual and dealing with society’s expectations and prejudices. Earnest and at times accusatory dialogue addressed directly to the …

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August 28, 2015

Theatre review: Broken Biscuits

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Broken Biscuits, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ Two best friends, torn apart when one’s son gives his life to save another’s in Afghanistan. While Rita sits crying behind her front door, drinking wine and downing pills, Maggie speaks to her from outside through the letterbox, trying to persuade …

Theatre review: Broken Biscuits

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Broken Biscuits, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ Two best friends, torn apart when one’s son gives his life to save another’s in Afghanistan. While Rita sits crying behind her front door, drinking wine and downing pills, Maggie speaks to her from outside through the letterbox, trying to persuade …

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August 28, 2015

Theatre review: Bortle 8

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Bortle 8, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ In A tiny room at the very top of the Counting House, we are trying to find true darkness. Sailing in the ship of writer and performer Chris Davis’s imagination, accompanied by a bubble machine and Dumbo the elephant, we go …

Theatre review: Bortle 8

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Bortle 8, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ In A tiny room at the very top of the Counting House, we are trying to find true darkness. Sailing in the ship of writer and performer Chris Davis’s imagination, accompanied by a bubble machine and Dumbo the elephant, we go …

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August 28, 2015

Music review: Love Birds

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Love Birds, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ A certain kind of person buys lovebirds – one who doesn’t find the idea of hearts and flowers romance sickly but uplifting, and this lightweight little musical is no different. Revolving around the unlikely relationship between a love bird and a …

Music review: Love Birds

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Love Birds, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ A certain kind of person buys lovebirds – one who doesn’t find the idea of hearts and flowers romance sickly but uplifting, and this lightweight little musical is no different. Revolving around the unlikely relationship between a love bird and a …

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August 28, 2015

Theatre review: Quiet Violence

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Quiet Violence, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ The room smells of deep heat, but Sophie Rose tells us this isn’t a physical performance; it’s just that the company from upstairs use the space to warm up in. However, it is about the physical and non-physical things that we …

Theatre review: Quiet Violence

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Quiet Violence, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ The room smells of deep heat, but Sophie Rose tells us this isn’t a physical performance; it’s just that the company from upstairs use the space to warm up in. However, it is about the physical and non-physical things that we …

3
August 28, 2015

Theatre review: Hair Peace

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Hair Peace, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★★ “It’s just like wearing another woman’s knickers that have been washed.” That’s how hair extensions are described at the start of Victoria Melody’s one-woman show in which she attempts to trace the origins of the three disembodied “ponytails” of human hair …

Theatre review: Hair Peace

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Hair Peace, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★★ “It’s just like wearing another woman’s knickers that have been washed.” That’s how hair extensions are described at the start of Victoria Melody’s one-woman show in which she attempts to trace the origins of the three disembodied “ponytails” of human hair …

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August 27, 2015

EIF music review: En Avant, Marche!

Edinburgh International Festival music review: En Avant, Marche!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★★ An older man stands, awkward, on an empty stage, cymbals in hands, trying to find the right moment to bring them crashing together. Really, he wants to play the trombone – his instrument of 30 years – but he is …

EIF music review: En Avant, Marche!

Edinburgh International Festival music review: En Avant, Marche!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★★ An older man stands, awkward, on an empty stage, cymbals in hands, trying to find the right moment to bring them crashing together. Really, he wants to play the trombone – his instrument of 30 years – but he is …

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August 26, 2015

Theatre review: A Matter of Life and Debt

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Matter of Life and Debt, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ This is a hyper-imaginative and wildly ambitious production that feels like it’s been created by writer Samuel Masters after he had a particularly bad experience with an insurance company and decided to respond, as you do, with …

Theatre review: A Matter of Life and Debt

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Matter of Life and Debt, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ This is a hyper-imaginative and wildly ambitious production that feels like it’s been created by writer Samuel Masters after he had a particularly bad experience with an insurance company and decided to respond, as you do, with …

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August 26, 2015

Theatre review: The Long Road to Mrs MacIntyre’s

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Long Road to Mrs MacIntyre’s, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★ Mrs MacIntyre’s is a super independent coffee house on the Royal Mile and the ambitious little show performed here, by amiable but slightly frantic Yorkshire woman Ruth Worth, uses tape recordings in a highly innovative way to …

Theatre review: The Long Road to Mrs MacIntyre’s

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Long Road to Mrs MacIntyre’s, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★ Mrs MacIntyre’s is a super independent coffee house on the Royal Mile and the ambitious little show performed here, by amiable but slightly frantic Yorkshire woman Ruth Worth, uses tape recordings in a highly innovative way to …

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August 26, 2015
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