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Theatre review: The Bitches’ Box

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: The Bitches’ Box at Assembly George Square (Venue 3), reviewed by Fiona Shepherd

Amelia Guild and Emma Newborn both love talking animals. Human beings acting as animals is a whole other thing though and one must tread carefully with that ace-est of animals, the dog.

Fortunately, these two actors have had plenty of contact with canines in their native New Zealand and do a decent job of giving them anthropomorphic expression in a light-hearted hour in the company of the working and pet dogs of a farm.

Guild captures the transition of a young sheepdog from excited puppy to horny teen, Newborn drools on cue as an old hound, and they team up as a couple of yappy Jack Russells performing Annie’s Song.

Having established their dog pound, the pair then rely on the charms of their creations rather than a riveting storyline to fill the rest of the hour, but there is still amusement to be derived in watching a dog chase its tail, right?

Until 23 August. Today 3:20pm

More info: The Bitches’ Box is at Assembly George Square

Originally published in The Scotsman

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