Music review: Love Birds

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Love Birds, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ A certain kind of person buys lovebirds – one who doesn’t find the idea of hearts and flowers romance sickly but uplifting, and this lightweight little musical is no different. Revolving around the unlikely relationship between a love bird and a …

Music review: Love Birds

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Love Birds, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ A certain kind of person buys lovebirds – one who doesn’t find the idea of hearts and flowers romance sickly but uplifting, and this lightweight little musical is no different. Revolving around the unlikely relationship between a love bird and a …

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August 28, 2015

Music review: UKIP! The Musical

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: UKIP! The Musical, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★ Not a Fringe can go past without someone bringing a bad- taste comedy musical about a topical news story to Edinburgh. At least this year’s prime contender amidst the genre is genuinely funny, with a well-practiced ensemble and a sense …

Music review: UKIP! The Musical

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: UKIP! The Musical, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★ Not a Fringe can go past without someone bringing a bad- taste comedy musical about a topical news story to Edinburgh. At least this year’s prime contender amidst the genre is genuinely funny, with a well-practiced ensemble and a sense …

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August 27, 2015

Music review: Streets

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Streets, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★ Many bands will testify to the tedium of touring, with their time onstage providing merciful respite from the grind of the road. No such luck in this turgid musical about a struggling singer/songwriter who swaps playing to two men and a dog …

Music review: Streets

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Streets, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★ Many bands will testify to the tedium of touring, with their time onstage providing merciful respite from the grind of the road. No such luck in this turgid musical about a struggling singer/songwriter who swaps playing to two men and a dog …

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August 26, 2015

Music review: Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★★ “Men do not value thinking in a lady,” Elspeth’s mother tells her. It sounds like it could be a line from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Maybe it is. Sometimes it’s …

Music review: Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★★ “Men do not value thinking in a lady,” Elspeth’s mother tells her. It sounds like it could be a line from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Maybe it is. Sometimes it’s …

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August 26, 2015

Opera review: Orpheus and Eurydice

Edinburgh Festival Fringe opera review: Orpheus and Eurydice, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle ★★★★ There are some jaw-dropping moments in London-based About Turn Theatre Company’s staging of Glück’s Orpheus and Eurydice. To say more might spoil the surprise – suffice it to say that life-size garden gnomes play a big role at one point. …

Opera review: Orpheus and Eurydice

Edinburgh Festival Fringe opera review: Orpheus and Eurydice, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle ★★★★ There are some jaw-dropping moments in London-based About Turn Theatre Company’s staging of Glück’s Orpheus and Eurydice. To say more might spoil the surprise – suffice it to say that life-size garden gnomes play a big role at one point. …

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August 25, 2015

Music review: The Quentin Dentin Show

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Quentin Dentin Show, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★★★ This is a very odd musical and it doesn’t come off all the time, but that already puts it a neck ahead of many of the insipid rival offerings on the Fringe. As does its full live band, the …

Music review: The Quentin Dentin Show

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Quentin Dentin Show, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★★★ This is a very odd musical and it doesn’t come off all the time, but that already puts it a neck ahead of many of the insipid rival offerings on the Fringe. As does its full live band, the …

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August 24, 2015

Musical review: Cautionary Tales for Daughters – Songs Your Mother Never Taught You

Edinburgh Festival Fringe musical review: Cautionary Tales for Daughters – Songs Your Mother Never Taught You, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★ “Don’t do it my way,” Tanya Holt sings to the tune of the song popularised by Frank Sinatra. This is a show for her nine-year-old daughter, she tells us in what turns …

Musical review: Cautionary Tales for Daughters – Songs Your Mother Never Taught You

Edinburgh Festival Fringe musical review: Cautionary Tales for Daughters – Songs Your Mother Never Taught You, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★ “Don’t do it my way,” Tanya Holt sings to the tune of the song popularised by Frank Sinatra. This is a show for her nine-year-old daughter, she tells us in what turns …

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August 24, 2015

Musical review: Poppies

Edinburgh Festival Fringe musical review: Poppies, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd ★★ An idyllic and carefree summer of fragrant folk music and decorous step dancing is ­interrupted by the start of the First World War in this rather twee Sunday teatime period drama-style musical which follows the next year in the lives of a …

Musical review: Poppies

Edinburgh Festival Fringe musical review: Poppies, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd ★★ An idyllic and carefree summer of fragrant folk music and decorous step dancing is ­interrupted by the start of the First World War in this rather twee Sunday teatime period drama-style musical which follows the next year in the lives of a …

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August 24, 2015

Music review: The Craft of the Cooper

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Craft of the Cooper, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★ Martin Luther King came to Memphis in the final weeks of his life to support the city’s striking sanitation workers, and his calmly issued call for real wages for all in a wealthy country still resonates today. However, …

Music review: The Craft of the Cooper

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Craft of the Cooper, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★ Martin Luther King came to Memphis in the final weeks of his life to support the city’s striking sanitation workers, and his calmly issued call for real wages for all in a wealthy country still resonates today. However, …

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August 24, 2015

Music review: Tutte Contro Verdi

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Tutte Contro Verdi, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★ “I am a feminist soprano,” declares Basque singer and actress Miren de Miguel at the end of her show, and while it’s possible that the language barrier has shifted the meaning of her words slightly, the evidence suggests not. The …

Music review: Tutte Contro Verdi

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Tutte Contro Verdi, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★ “I am a feminist soprano,” declares Basque singer and actress Miren de Miguel at the end of her show, and while it’s possible that the language barrier has shifted the meaning of her words slightly, the evidence suggests not. The …

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August 18, 2015

Opera review: China Doll – A Neuropera in Four Seasons

Edinburgh Festival Fringe opera review: China Doll – A Neuropera in Four Seasons, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle ★★ There’s no denying the energy and ambition that have gone into Bad Habit Theatre’s strange little operatic tale of feigned pregnancy, prostitution and disillusion, their first production. But likewise, there’s no denying that it’s a …

Opera review: China Doll – A Neuropera in Four Seasons

Edinburgh Festival Fringe opera review: China Doll – A Neuropera in Four Seasons, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle ★★ There’s no denying the energy and ambition that have gone into Bad Habit Theatre’s strange little operatic tale of feigned pregnancy, prostitution and disillusion, their first production. But likewise, there’s no denying that it’s a …

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August 17, 2015

Music review: Kitty’s Bound for Broadway

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Kitty’s Bound for Broadway, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Martin Gray. ★★★ Kitty Adler is in her fifties, the kids have moved out and her husband’s moved on. She’s left with little but her dreams of the stage – Kitty writes plays and has always wanted to perform one on Broadway. …

Music review: Kitty’s Bound for Broadway

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Kitty’s Bound for Broadway, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Martin Gray. ★★★ Kitty Adler is in her fifties, the kids have moved out and her husband’s moved on. She’s left with little but her dreams of the stage – Kitty writes plays and has always wanted to perform one on Broadway. …

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August 17, 2015

Music review: Witch

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Witch, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Martin Gray. ★★★ Teenage witch Leah is conjuring up visions of the past. Her boyfriend Cal isn’t sure it’s a good idea – she’s dabbling with dark forces, cutting herself to supply the blood demanded by the spell. Hundreds of years ago, her ancestor, Abbie, …

Music review: Witch

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Witch, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Martin Gray. ★★★ Teenage witch Leah is conjuring up visions of the past. Her boyfriend Cal isn’t sure it’s a good idea – she’s dabbling with dark forces, cutting herself to supply the blood demanded by the spell. Hundreds of years ago, her ancestor, Abbie, …

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August 14, 2015

Music review: Iolite the Musical

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Iolite the Musical, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★ The Vikings used to navigate using the gem iolite, but this musical is woefully adrift. The action, such as it is, switches between the eponymous heroine’s childhood, where she is denigrated by her mum, and adulthood, where she is verbally …

Music review: Iolite the Musical

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Iolite the Musical, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★ The Vikings used to navigate using the gem iolite, but this musical is woefully adrift. The action, such as it is, switches between the eponymous heroine’s childhood, where she is denigrated by her mum, and adulthood, where she is verbally …

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August 14, 2015

Music review: The Secretary Turned CEO

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Secretary Turned CEO, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★ It’s a rare beast, proper opera at the Fringe. And while Lucid Arts and Music’s dayglo show has its faults, and takes merciless liberties with Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona (on which it’s based), it’s a delightful romp, full of …

Music review: The Secretary Turned CEO

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Secretary Turned CEO, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★ It’s a rare beast, proper opera at the Fringe. And while Lucid Arts and Music’s dayglo show has its faults, and takes merciless liberties with Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona (on which it’s based), it’s a delightful romp, full of …

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August 13, 2015
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