Edinburgh Festival

Children’s show review: The Piper

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Piper, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★★ An elaborate and potentially pitfall-laden show, this ambitious piece of work from Australian company My Darling Patricia hits all its beats perfectly, telling a story which should enthral younger viewers and engage adults in its clever ecological message. The level …

Children’s show review: The Piper

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Piper, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★★ An elaborate and potentially pitfall-laden show, this ambitious piece of work from Australian company My Darling Patricia hits all its beats perfectly, telling a story which should enthral younger viewers and engage adults in its clever ecological message. The level …

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Yesterday

Music review: Late Night Phantasmagoria with Jack Lukeman

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Late Night Phantasmagoria with Jack Lukeman, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★ A prowling, bohemian spirit with a hammy, showman’s capacity to work a room akin to that of his countryman Bono, Jack Lukeman and his juggernaut four-piece band deserve much greater numbers than they’re getting to their shadowy, late-night …

Music review: Late Night Phantasmagoria with Jack Lukeman

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Late Night Phantasmagoria with Jack Lukeman, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★ A prowling, bohemian spirit with a hammy, showman’s capacity to work a room akin to that of his countryman Bono, Jack Lukeman and his juggernaut four-piece band deserve much greater numbers than they’re getting to their shadowy, late-night …

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Yesterday

Theatre review: The Human Ear

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Human Ear, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ Of all the shows I’ve seen on this year’s Fringe, Alexandra Wood’s latest play, presented by Paines Plough and directed by George Perrin, is perhaps the most dazzling technical tour-de-force, in terms of its demands on actors. Performed with astonishing …

Theatre review: The Human Ear

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Human Ear, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ Of all the shows I’ve seen on this year’s Fringe, Alexandra Wood’s latest play, presented by Paines Plough and directed by George Perrin, is perhaps the most dazzling technical tour-de-force, in terms of its demands on actors. Performed with astonishing …

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Yesterday

Theatre review: Counting Stars

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Counting Stars, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ Set in the toilets of a downmarket nightclub in Woolwich, in the immediate aftermath of the violent murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, Atiha Sen Gupta’s new play has become one of the quiet successes of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, shortlisted for …

Theatre review: Counting Stars

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Counting Stars, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ Set in the toilets of a downmarket nightclub in Woolwich, in the immediate aftermath of the violent murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, Atiha Sen Gupta’s new play has become one of the quiet successes of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, shortlisted for …

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Yesterday

Our top 13 moments in the #WOWwagon

We spent one month filming more than 80 interviews, performances, tricks and other silliness with Fringe performers in the back of our bright pink #WOWwagon. Here we look back on our favourite and funniest moments of our Fringe coverage. Starring (in no particular order): Dave Benson Phillips, Beardyman, Damian Clark, Fern Brady, Iain Stirling, Stephen …

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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2 days ago

Theatre review: The Girl Who Fell in Love With the Moon

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Girl Who Fell in Love With the Moon, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ There are shades of Tim Burton, Amanda Palmer and Les Enfants Terribles (who mentored this project ) to the Human Zoo Theatre Company’s quirky anthology of star-gazing short tales, and it’s a well-worked aesthetic. …

Theatre review: The Girl Who Fell in Love With the Moon

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Girl Who Fell in Love With the Moon, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ There are shades of Tim Burton, Amanda Palmer and Les Enfants Terribles (who mentored this project ) to the Human Zoo Theatre Company’s quirky anthology of star-gazing short tales, and it’s a well-worked aesthetic. …

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2 days ago

Theatre review: Ernie

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Ernie, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ An acting graduate in 2013 with a handful of small television roles and stage parts already behind him, actor James Craze seems to have used this hour-long monologue – his first professional work – as a portfolio piece as much as anything …

Theatre review: Ernie

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Ernie, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ An acting graduate in 2013 with a handful of small television roles and stage parts already behind him, actor James Craze seems to have used this hour-long monologue – his first professional work – as a portfolio piece as much as anything …

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2 days ago

Children’s show review: The Periodic Fable

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Periodic Fable, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ “You don’t need a beard to be a scientist,” declare Karen Fraser and Erin McCardie, appearing as themselves and tapping timeously into the recent furore about women apparently being too attractive to function in the lab. Not that their …

Children’s show review: The Periodic Fable

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Periodic Fable, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ “You don’t need a beard to be a scientist,” declare Karen Fraser and Erin McCardie, appearing as themselves and tapping timeously into the recent furore about women apparently being too attractive to function in the lab. Not that their …

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2 days ago

Theatre review: Gomaar Trilogy

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Gomaar Trilogy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ Somewhat inaccurately billed in the Fringe programme, this play from Ultima Thule isn’t one trilogy told in a single sitting, but three separate plays told on consecutive days. As such it might require a degree of commitment from the audience, but …

Theatre review: Gomaar Trilogy

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Gomaar Trilogy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ Somewhat inaccurately billed in the Fringe programme, this play from Ultima Thule isn’t one trilogy told in a single sitting, but three separate plays told on consecutive days. As such it might require a degree of commitment from the audience, but …

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2 days ago

Theatre review: Islands

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Islands, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ It’s no mean feat, to take two married, upper middle class representatives of the most supposedly self-absorbed vocations an already entirely self-absorbed person might choose and not just throw them together on stage, but to make them human and relatable. Of course, …

Theatre review: Islands

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Islands, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ It’s no mean feat, to take two married, upper middle class representatives of the most supposedly self-absorbed vocations an already entirely self-absorbed person might choose and not just throw them together on stage, but to make them human and relatable. Of course, …

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2 days ago

Children’s show review: Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ Presented as part of the From Start to Finnish showcase from Finland, this is a bizarre but enthusiastically well-composed kids show based on the novel by Barbro Lindgren, in which little Masarin (Meri Anna Hulkkonen) lives with his dressing …

Children’s show review: Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ Presented as part of the From Start to Finnish showcase from Finland, this is a bizarre but enthusiastically well-composed kids show based on the novel by Barbro Lindgren, in which little Masarin (Meri Anna Hulkkonen) lives with his dressing …

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2 days ago

Theatre review: Tonight With Donny Stixx

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Tonight With Donny Stixx, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ IF YOU WANT to see fresh-faced young theatre graduates playing murderous psychopaths with a florid range of physical tics, then the Edinburgh Fringe is the place to come. In this festival increasingly dominated by solo shows, the genre is …

Theatre review: Tonight With Donny Stixx

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Tonight With Donny Stixx, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ IF YOU WANT to see fresh-faced young theatre graduates playing murderous psychopaths with a florid range of physical tics, then the Edinburgh Fringe is the place to come. In this festival increasingly dominated by solo shows, the genre is …

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2 days ago

Theatre review: Forever Young

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Forever Young, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ IN THE MIDDLE of a busy Fringe day, I find myself in a moment of peace; sitting on a chair in a shop doorway on the corner of Queensferry Street, doing some people-watching, thinking about the hard question I’ve already been …

Theatre review: Forever Young

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Forever Young, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ IN THE MIDDLE of a busy Fringe day, I find myself in a moment of peace; sitting on a chair in a shop doorway on the corner of Queensferry Street, doing some people-watching, thinking about the hard question I’ve already been …

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2 days ago

Dance, physical theatre and circus review: Wings in My Heart

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance, physical theatre and circus review: Wings in My Heart, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★★★ It’s hard to imagine a more striking or memorable opening than the first few minutes of Wings of My Heart. Naked flames flickering up from the stage slowly burn away to reveal a pool of …

Dance, physical theatre and circus review: Wings in My Heart

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance, physical theatre and circus review: Wings in My Heart, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★★★ It’s hard to imagine a more striking or memorable opening than the first few minutes of Wings of My Heart. Naked flames flickering up from the stage slowly burn away to reveal a pool of …

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2 days ago

Theatre review: Scour

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Scour, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ There’s definite potential in this confident and truthful monologue from young Edinburgh playwright Rebecca Monks, and plenty to enjoy on its own terms. Not that enjoy might be the correct term for what the audience experiences, because the piece deals with a …

Theatre review: Scour

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Scour, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ There’s definite potential in this confident and truthful monologue from young Edinburgh playwright Rebecca Monks, and plenty to enjoy on its own terms. Not that enjoy might be the correct term for what the audience experiences, because the piece deals with a …

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2 days ago

Theatre review: Open

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Open, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ IN PERHAPS the ultimate act of taking the political temperature of the average bloke or woman on the street, Nottingham New Theatre went out and interviewed a bunch of them prior to the UK general election earlier this year, and then devised …

Theatre review: Open

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Open, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ IN PERHAPS the ultimate act of taking the political temperature of the average bloke or woman on the street, Nottingham New Theatre went out and interviewed a bunch of them prior to the UK general election earlier this year, and then devised …

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2 days ago
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