Edinburgh Festival

Theatre review: The Unknown Soldier

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Unknown Soldier, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★★ Last year’s 100th anniversary brought with it a plethora of First World War plays. A year on, one could be forgiven for wanting to give the subject a rest, but writer and performer Ross Ericson’s carefully judged one-man play proves …

Theatre review: The Unknown Soldier

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Unknown Soldier, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★★ Last year’s 100th anniversary brought with it a plethora of First World War plays. A year on, one could be forgiven for wanting to give the subject a rest, but writer and performer Ross Ericson’s carefully judged one-man play proves …

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August 28, 2015

Theatre review: The Lost Art of Lost Art

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Lost Art of Lost Art, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★ Molly and Lee have managed to get Munch’s The Scream on to the wall of their safe-house, though it’s hard to see why, as they are not the most competent of art thieves. In the course of …

Theatre review: The Lost Art of Lost Art

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Lost Art of Lost Art, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★ Molly and Lee have managed to get Munch’s The Scream on to the wall of their safe-house, though it’s hard to see why, as they are not the most competent of art thieves. In the course of …

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August 28, 2015

Theatre review: Magdalen

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Magdalen, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★★ Erin Layton’s one-woman show begins in Ireland in the 1990s, at a building formerly used as a Magdalen Laundry. In these commercial laundries run by the Magdalen Sisters, “fallen women” were forced to labour in harsh conditions in the belief that they …

Theatre review: Magdalen

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Magdalen, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★★ Erin Layton’s one-woman show begins in Ireland in the 1990s, at a building formerly used as a Magdalen Laundry. In these commercial laundries run by the Magdalen Sisters, “fallen women” were forced to labour in harsh conditions in the belief that they …

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August 27, 2015

Theatre review: Two Sore Legs

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Two Sore Legs, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★★ This deft one-woman play begins with a funeral. But even the prospect of death doesn’t phase Bridie, irrepressible mother-of-six, who sets off to the undertakers in her fur coat and patent shoes and pays for her coffin with a roll …

Theatre review: Two Sore Legs

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Two Sore Legs, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★★ This deft one-woman play begins with a funeral. But even the prospect of death doesn’t phase Bridie, irrepressible mother-of-six, who sets off to the undertakers in her fur coat and patent shoes and pays for her coffin with a roll …

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August 26, 2015

Theatre review: A Fine Line

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Fine Line, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★ Rita and Angie are best friends. Rita is with Angie through the vagaries of life: puberty, ­pregnancy, a shotgun marriage, infidelity, illness, loss. But it’s only in middle-age that Rita is able to express her true feelings, to cross the …

Theatre review: A Fine Line

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Fine Line, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★ Rita and Angie are best friends. Rita is with Angie through the vagaries of life: puberty, ­pregnancy, a shotgun marriage, infidelity, illness, loss. But it’s only in middle-age that Rita is able to express her true feelings, to cross the …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: The State of Concrete

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The State of Concrete, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★ On A council estate, a young woman reads Jim Cartwright’s Road and asks how much has changed in the 30 years since the play was written. This play by Francesca Leone, performed by students from the University of Leicester, …

Theatre review: The State of Concrete

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The State of Concrete, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★ On A council estate, a young woman reads Jim Cartwright’s Road and asks how much has changed in the 30 years since the play was written. This play by Francesca Leone, performed by students from the University of Leicester, …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: The Outsider

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Outsider, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield ★★★ If AN alien landed on planet Earth, how would he see us and our world? The question is hardly new, but it does get rejuvenated in this inventive show by Finnish clown-magician Janne Raudaskoski. With his shabby hat and permanently puzzled …

Theatre review: The Outsider

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Outsider, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield ★★★ If AN alien landed on planet Earth, how would he see us and our world? The question is hardly new, but it does get rejuvenated in this inventive show by Finnish clown-magician Janne Raudaskoski. With his shabby hat and permanently puzzled …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: Ada

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Ada, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★ There can be no doubt that Ada Lovelace is a fascinating figure. The daughter of Lord Byron, she was a mathematician and is considered a 19th-century pioneer of women in science. Through her work with inventor Charles Babbage, in particular a series …

Theatre review: Ada

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Ada, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★ There can be no doubt that Ada Lovelace is a fascinating figure. The daughter of Lord Byron, she was a mathematician and is considered a 19th-century pioneer of women in science. Through her work with inventor Charles Babbage, in particular a series …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: A Cinema in South Georgia

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Cinema in South Georgia, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★★ Christmas 1959, and the projector from the recently closed-down Alhambra cinema on Leith Walk makes the 7,844-mile journey to Leith Harbour, South Georgia, to provide entertainment for the men on the whaling station there. This provides – literally …

Theatre review: A Cinema in South Georgia

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Cinema in South Georgia, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★★ Christmas 1959, and the projector from the recently closed-down Alhambra cinema on Leith Walk makes the 7,844-mile journey to Leith Harbour, South Georgia, to provide entertainment for the men on the whaling station there. This provides – literally …

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August 21, 2015

Theatre review: Five Feet in Front (The Ballad of Little Johnnie Wylo)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Five Feet in Front (The Ballad of Little Johnnie Wylo), reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★ North-east England company The Letter Room blow into the Fringe like a fresh gust of wind with this dark fable from Depression-era America and it’s foot-stompin’ soundtrack. On a set like a tumbledown …

Theatre review: Five Feet in Front (The Ballad of Little Johnnie Wylo)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Five Feet in Front (The Ballad of Little Johnnie Wylo), reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★ North-east England company The Letter Room blow into the Fringe like a fresh gust of wind with this dark fable from Depression-era America and it’s foot-stompin’ soundtrack. On a set like a tumbledown …

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August 21, 2015

Theatre review: The Titanic Orchestra

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Titanic Orchestra, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★★ While the presence of John Hannah is ensuring that the tickets fly out of the box office, this play by Bulgarian Hristo Boytchev is neither an easy crowd-pleaser nor a celebrity vehicle. Hannah, while a dynamic presence, is at least …

Theatre review: The Titanic Orchestra

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Titanic Orchestra, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★★ While the presence of John Hannah is ensuring that the tickets fly out of the box office, this play by Bulgarian Hristo Boytchev is neither an easy crowd-pleaser nor a celebrity vehicle. Hannah, while a dynamic presence, is at least …

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August 19, 2015

Theatre review: Portraits in Motion

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Portraits in Motion, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★ The photographic flip book (where the pages are thumbed at speed to create an impression of a moving image) is often seen as something of a party trick, but Volker Gerling has turned it into an art form. His flip …

Theatre review: Portraits in Motion

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Portraits in Motion, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★ The photographic flip book (where the pages are thumbed at speed to create an impression of a moving image) is often seen as something of a party trick, but Volker Gerling has turned it into an art form. His flip …

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August 19, 2015

Theatre review: Splitfoot

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Splitfoot, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★ In the years after the American Civil War, three sisters from a small village in upstate New York claim they can talk to the dead. Although later unmasked as frauds, the Fox sisters are credited with being founders of the spiritualist movement. …

Theatre review: Splitfoot

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Splitfoot, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★ In the years after the American Civil War, three sisters from a small village in upstate New York claim they can talk to the dead. Although later unmasked as frauds, the Fox sisters are credited with being founders of the spiritualist movement. …

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August 18, 2015

Theatre review: Little Thing, Big Thing

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Little Thing, Big Thing, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★★ Larry is a thief with one last job to do: filch a precious statue of the Virgin from a closed down convent in rural Ireland. Sister Martha is just back from Nigeria with a roll of film in her …

Theatre review: Little Thing, Big Thing

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Little Thing, Big Thing, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★★ Larry is a thief with one last job to do: filch a precious statue of the Virgin from a closed down convent in rural Ireland. Sister Martha is just back from Nigeria with a roll of film in her …

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August 18, 2015

Theatre review: Cinema

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Cinema, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★ On 19 August, 1978, a fire in the Cinema Rex in Abadan, Iran, killed more than 400 people. Started deliberately, it has been described as the worst single act of terrorism prior to 9/11. Steven Gaythorpe’s play, performed by Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambaksh of …

Theatre review: Cinema

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Cinema, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★ On 19 August, 1978, a fire in the Cinema Rex in Abadan, Iran, killed more than 400 people. Started deliberately, it has been described as the worst single act of terrorism prior to 9/11. Steven Gaythorpe’s play, performed by Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambaksh of …

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August 18, 2015

Theatre review: A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield ★★ There are two very different things going on this show by young company London Grey and Green. One is the story of Jude and Leon, two young people living in the city, beginning to find themselves and …

Theatre review: A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield ★★ There are two very different things going on this show by young company London Grey and Green. One is the story of Jude and Leon, two young people living in the city, beginning to find themselves and …

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August 17, 2015

Theatre review: Ndebele Funeral

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Ndebele Funeral, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield ★★★★ In A shanty town on the edge of Soweto, Thandi is dying of Aids. But her approach to death is unconventional. She is using the wood supplied by the ANC government for home improvements after a recent flood to build a …

Theatre review: Ndebele Funeral

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Ndebele Funeral, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield ★★★★ In A shanty town on the edge of Soweto, Thandi is dying of Aids. But her approach to death is unconventional. She is using the wood supplied by the ANC government for home improvements after a recent flood to build a …

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August 17, 2015
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