Edinburgh Festival

Theatre review: The Greatest Stories Never Told

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Greatest Stories Never Told, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★ A “COLLECTION of short comedies based upon tales you’ve never heard of”, there’s a lot of heart in this likeable little show that combines historical facts with Monty Python-esque sketches to provide an informative but mostly just plain …

Theatre review: The Greatest Stories Never Told

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Greatest Stories Never Told, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★ A “COLLECTION of short comedies based upon tales you’ve never heard of”, there’s a lot of heart in this likeable little show that combines historical facts with Monty Python-esque sketches to provide an informative but mostly just plain …

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August 25, 2015

Theatre review: Traverse Breakfast Plays: Tomorrow

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Traverse Breakfast Plays: Tomorrow, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ THE annual Traverse Breakfast Plays season, staged during the Fringe, has become one of the key incubators for brand new writing in Scottish theatre, providing raw material for fully-staged productions throughout the year. Audiences turn up at 9am, receive …

Theatre review: Traverse Breakfast Plays: Tomorrow

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Traverse Breakfast Plays: Tomorrow, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ THE annual Traverse Breakfast Plays season, staged during the Fringe, has become one of the key incubators for brand new writing in Scottish theatre, providing raw material for fully-staged productions throughout the year. Audiences turn up at 9am, receive …

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August 25, 2015

Theatre review: Pramkicker

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Pramkicker, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett ★★★ Jude is in therapy because she kicked a yummy mummy’s pram across a coffee shop. Hard. And it fell down the stairs. Fast: bam, bam, bam. But don’t worry – the kid wasn’t in it; she was just getting out some repressed …

Theatre review: Pramkicker

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Pramkicker, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett ★★★ Jude is in therapy because she kicked a yummy mummy’s pram across a coffee shop. Hard. And it fell down the stairs. Fast: bam, bam, bam. But don’t worry – the kid wasn’t in it; she was just getting out some repressed …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: Le Gateau Chocolat: Black

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Le Gateau Chocolat: Black, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters ★★★★ Thanks to show-stealing turns in La Clique and La Soirée, as well as barnstorming solo productions of his own, Le Gateau Chocolat is known for getting the party started with his extraordinary room-filling baritone and distinctive taste in outsized …

Theatre review: Le Gateau Chocolat: Black

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Le Gateau Chocolat: Black, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters ★★★★ Thanks to show-stealing turns in La Clique and La Soirée, as well as barnstorming solo productions of his own, Le Gateau Chocolat is known for getting the party started with his extraordinary room-filling baritone and distinctive taste in outsized …

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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: Light Boxes

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Light Boxes, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ THERE are real trees lining the walls, a sky full of silver balloons, a floor crunchy with wood chippings; at one end of the space, the ruins of a domestic set, at the other a pile of fallen apples and a …

Theatre review: Light Boxes

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Light Boxes, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ THERE are real trees lining the walls, a sky full of silver balloons, a floor crunchy with wood chippings; at one end of the space, the ruins of a domestic set, at the other a pile of fallen apples and a …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: Rap Guide to Climate Chaos

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Rap Guide to Climate Chaos, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ As THE exceptionally talented Canadian rap artist Baba Brinkman launches a brilliantly lyrical description of what we can expect from the long-term effects of climate change – war, disaster and droughts – he momentarily reminds me of an …

Theatre review: Rap Guide to Climate Chaos

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Rap Guide to Climate Chaos, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ As THE exceptionally talented Canadian rap artist Baba Brinkman launches a brilliantly lyrical description of what we can expect from the long-term effects of climate change – war, disaster and droughts – he momentarily reminds me of an …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: Police Cops

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Police Cops, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★★★ This exhilarating action spoof proves that comedy needn’t be wholly original to succeed. As the old truism goes: there’s no such thing as hackneyed subject matter, it’s what you do with it that counts. So, despite the fact that hoary American …

Theatre review: Police Cops

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Police Cops, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★★★ This exhilarating action spoof proves that comedy needn’t be wholly original to succeed. As the old truism goes: there’s no such thing as hackneyed subject matter, it’s what you do with it that counts. So, despite the fact that hoary American …

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August 24, 2015

Jonny Donahoe on Every Brilliant Thing

Initially, you may be sceptical that a play about suicide and depression can be at once hilarious and genuinely uplifting, but such it is with Duncan Macmillian’s Every Brilliant Thing. Katrina Conaglen spoke to stand-up comedian Jonny Donahoe, who performs in the play, about bringing humour to the darkest of topics, how to successfully involve an audience, …

Interviews Theatre August 19, 2015

Comedians’ Theatre Company: A funny idea for a script

The Comedians’ Theatre Company is ten years old. Kate Copstick hears its story from key members – in a suitably dramatic form “There is a necessity for theatre and therefore everyone should be doing it.” P Nichol, 2015 CAST Phil Nichol: An intense and hugely talented actor, comic, musician and now director and theatre producer. …

12 must-see Edinburgh Festival theatre shows

The Scotsman’s reviewers will be seeing hundreds of new theatre shows over the next three weeks – but here are a few made earlier that we can recommend Janis Joplin Full Tilt What we said: “Peter Arnott’s show about the brief, blazing life of Janis Joplin features a four-piece band, and a short appearance from …

Blog Theatre Shows August 8, 2015

Theatre review: Clickbait

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Clickbait, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield ★★★ Connecticut high school company Red Chair Players has been attracting attention on the Fringe since winning a Fringe First for The Laramie Project in 2002. While more recent productions have not reached that exceptional standard, their work continues to be pertinent and …

Theatre review: Clickbait

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Clickbait, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield ★★★ Connecticut high school company Red Chair Players has been attracting attention on the Fringe since winning a Fringe First for The Laramie Project in 2002. While more recent productions have not reached that exceptional standard, their work continues to be pertinent and …

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August 8, 2015

Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh on The Last Hotel

Composer Donnacha Dennehy and playwright Enda Walsh’s new opera doesn’t dodge darkness, writes Susan Mansfield IN JANUARY 2002, a woman’s body was found in a rented house in Dublin. Her name was Rosemary Toole, a former bank teller who suffered from depression. An investigation revealed she had been spotted earlier that week welcoming two American …

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