Edinburgh Festival

Music review: The Bakewell Bakeoff

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Bakewell Bakeoff, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Martin Gray. ★★★ With ten million viewers for the latest series of BBC1’s Great British Bake-Off and sales of mixers soaring, this new musical hits the zeitgeist running. Set in the Derbyshire English village, it sees contestants in the annual baking contest vying …

Music review: The Bakewell Bakeoff

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Bakewell Bakeoff, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Martin Gray. ★★★ With ten million viewers for the latest series of BBC1’s Great British Bake-Off and sales of mixers soaring, this new musical hits the zeitgeist running. Set in the Derbyshire English village, it sees contestants in the annual baking contest vying …

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August 13, 2015

Theatre review: 2 Become 1

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: 2 Become 1, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Andrea Mullaney. ★★★ Funny how the 1990s seemed like such a nondescript decade at the time, a confused hangover from the more distinct 1980s, and now they’re the focus for nostalgic wallows. Well, that’s how time works, obviously, and those who grew up …

Theatre review: 2 Become 1

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: 2 Become 1, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Andrea Mullaney. ★★★ Funny how the 1990s seemed like such a nondescript decade at the time, a confused hangover from the more distinct 1980s, and now they’re the focus for nostalgic wallows. Well, that’s how time works, obviously, and those who grew up …

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August 12, 2015

Music review: Under The Ground

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Under The Ground, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★★★ This new production from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland might at first be mistaken for the anodyne embodiment of every insufferable pitfall of contemporary musical theatre. It begins, unbidden, with a young cast jigging energetically in the most egregious stage …

Music review: Under The Ground

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Under The Ground, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★★★ This new production from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland might at first be mistaken for the anodyne embodiment of every insufferable pitfall of contemporary musical theatre. It begins, unbidden, with a young cast jigging energetically in the most egregious stage …

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August 12, 2015

Music review: Wonderland

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Wonderland, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Andrea Mullaney ★★ Some pleasant tunes aren’t enough to save this shrieky, over-caffeinated mess, which gives us the Wicked-style backstory to Alice In Wonderland’s Red Queen that no-one really needed. While the familiar characters run around jabbering nonsense, dreamy reader Alice must help them all …

Music review: Wonderland

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Wonderland, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Andrea Mullaney ★★ Some pleasant tunes aren’t enough to save this shrieky, over-caffeinated mess, which gives us the Wicked-style backstory to Alice In Wonderland’s Red Queen that no-one really needed. While the familiar characters run around jabbering nonsense, dreamy reader Alice must help them all …

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August 11, 2015

The Girl Who

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (musicals and opera): The Girl Who at Assembly George Square Gardens (Venue 3). Reviewed by David Pollock There are heavy hints of Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland in this new ensemble musical from students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, although readers tuning in from the 1980s might see more appropriate …

The Outback Games: A New Musical

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (musicals and opera): The Outback Games: A New Musical at theSpace @ Venue 45 (Venue 45) Reviewed by David Pollock A new piece in which Edwards Theatrical take a large pinch of ten-a-penny zeitgeist capturing, with an Olympics (more or less interchangeable with the Commonwealth Games)-themed show, add a dollop of potential stereotyping …

Laika: A Space Dogyssey

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (musicals and opera): Laika: A Space Dogyssey at Gilded Balloon (Venue 14). Review by David Pollock “Russia won’t be rushin’ to go nuts / when you look like one of Rasputin’s haircuts,” runs one of the more amusing lines in this knockabout musical caper from Double Edge Drama. The songs …

Circle Line

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (musicals and opera): Circle Line at Greenside @ Royal Terrace (Venue 231). Reviewed by Billy Barrett A tube train stopping between stations gets London commuters talking in this jazzy student-written musical. The series of unrelated exchanges feel forced, and the contrast between broad caricature and attempts at profundity or political …

The Hacienda Tales

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (musicals & opera): The Hacienda Tales at theSpace @ Jury’s Inn (Venue 260). Review by David Pollock A flashback to the 1990s heyday of Manchester’s most famous nightclub, this ensemble piece follows a bunch of friends sitting in a café preparing for a big night out: two old girlfriends, one …

The Next Big Thing

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (musicals and opera): The Next Big Thing at The Space on North Bridge (Venue 36). Review by Billy Barrett A musical two-hander about a struggling writer cobbling together formulaic books, The Next Big Thing boasts big drag numbers and the standout voice of Rebecca Ridout. Clerk by day, novelist by …

The Wind Road Boys

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (musicals and opera): The Wind Road Boys at Spotlites @ the Merchants’ Hall (Venue 278). Review by Fiona Shepherd The large cast of this new musical give everything they’ve got – and sometimes too much – in service to a story about the battle to preserve the heritage of a …

Kava Girls

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (musicals and opera): Kava Girls at Spotlites@ the Merchants’ Hall (Venue 278). Review by Fiona Shepherd Kava Girls is a cut-price Chorus Line with a Pacific twist, in that one of the three understudies – or cover (Kava) girls – raiding the dressing-up box while waiting for their big chance …

The Factory

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (musicals and opera): The Factory at Assembly Hall (Venue 35). Review by Fiona Shepherd Kila Kokonut Krew’s musical about the exploitation of migrant workers in 1970s New Zealand – part of the NZ at Edinburgh 2014 showcase – begins well with some powerful polyphonic Polynesian singing, which resonates with greater …

Bonded by Blood

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (musicals & opera): Bonded by Blood at Spotlites @ The Merchant’s Hall (Venue 278). Review by Billy Barrett Ian Brady and Myra Hindley get the musical treatment in this cabaret-style exploration of evil by Henry Dell and Alana Armstrong. There are some nice vocal harmonies and the pair strike a …

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