Fringe shows you need to see: Attrape Moi

The new face of Quebec’s circus, Flip Fabrique, dazzles with the hugely entertaining Attrape Moi. What is it? Attrape Moi translates from French to English as ‘Catch Me’, which could be refer to several features of this show; juggling balls, hula hoops and full-grown men are all caught in this hour of sheer fun, with every circus discipline you …

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: 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

EIF theatre review: Lanark

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: Lanark, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★★ IN THE BEGINNING, there is water, or an image of water; light and darkness moving over the face of the deep. We see a man tumbling towards us, like some fallen angel moving through water rather than air; then we see that …

EIF theatre review: Lanark

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: Lanark, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★★ IN THE BEGINNING, there is water, or an image of water; light and darkness moving over the face of the deep. We see a man tumbling towards us, like some fallen angel moving through water rather than air; then we see that …

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August 25, 2015

Theatre review: This Will End Badly

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: This Will End Badly, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ A MAN stands before us, aggressive, confrontational and troubled. Actually he’s three men, all connected to a single woman: one, a chauvinist coldly sizing up women; another, left constipated by the end of his relationship; and another who’s depressed …

Theatre review: This Will End Badly

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: This Will End Badly, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ A MAN stands before us, aggressive, confrontational and troubled. Actually he’s three men, all connected to a single woman: one, a chauvinist coldly sizing up women; another, left constipated by the end of his relationship; and another who’s depressed …

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August 25, 2015

Theatre review: Billy Through The Window

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Billy Through The Window, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★★ Despite a nagging, underlying earnestness, this sensitive drama about two teenage boys with learning difficulties is crafted with care. Best friends Billy and Joe are “on holiday”. That is: they’ve gone Awol from their care home. The setting for …

Theatre review: Billy Through The Window

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Billy Through The Window, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★★ Despite a nagging, underlying earnestness, this sensitive drama about two teenage boys with learning difficulties is crafted with care. Best friends Billy and Joe are “on holiday”. That is: they’ve gone Awol from their care home. The setting for …

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August 25, 2015

Theatre review: Much Further Out Than You Thought

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Much Further Out Than You Thought, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett ★★★ “Daddy, what did you do in the Great War?” says the famous First World War propaganda poster. This contemporary monologue set around modern conflicts answers the question to a soldier’s son with brutal honesty, as Lance Corporal …

Theatre review: Much Further Out Than You Thought

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Much Further Out Than You Thought, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett ★★★ “Daddy, what did you do in the Great War?” says the famous First World War propaganda poster. This contemporary monologue set around modern conflicts answers the question to a soldier’s son with brutal honesty, as Lance Corporal …

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August 25, 2015

Theatre review: Lisa Gornick’s Live Drawing Show

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Lisa Gornick’s Live Drawing Show, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ Kylie, Lisa Stansfield and Laura Branigan: these are some of the upbeat popsters that artist Lisa Gornick loves listening to and, sitting at her desk with her sketchpad and pot of pens and brushes, lets us listen to …

Theatre review: Lisa Gornick’s Live Drawing Show

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Lisa Gornick’s Live Drawing Show, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ Kylie, Lisa Stansfield and Laura Branigan: these are some of the upbeat popsters that artist Lisa Gornick loves listening to and, sitting at her desk with her sketchpad and pot of pens and brushes, lets us listen to …

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August 25, 2015

Theatre review: Skins and Hoods

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Skins and Hoods, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett ★★★ Gustave Akakpo’s surreally allegorical French drama about racial tensions and diasporic identities is transposed from the banlieues of Paris to the streets of Glasgow in this adaptation by Scottish playwright Katherine Mendelsohn. In a magical realist premise, nine-year-old George reveals …

Theatre review: Skins and Hoods

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Skins and Hoods, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett ★★★ Gustave Akakpo’s surreally allegorical French drama about racial tensions and diasporic identities is transposed from the banlieues of Paris to the streets of Glasgow in this adaptation by Scottish playwright Katherine Mendelsohn. In a magical realist premise, nine-year-old George reveals …

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August 25, 2015

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
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