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: 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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September 2, 2015

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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September 2, 2015

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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August 31, 2015

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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August 31, 2015

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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August 31, 2015

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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August 31, 2015

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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August 31, 2015

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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August 31, 2015

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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August 31, 2015

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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August 31, 2015

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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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Paintings and Cake

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Paintings and Cake, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★ It’s well-performed, proudly absurdist and in love with the idea of reflecting knowledgeably upon art history, but the good parts of this piece – the character trapped inside a Monet, the chilling descriptions of Goya’s work – are sketch-like and …

Theatre review: Paintings and Cake

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Paintings and Cake, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★ It’s well-performed, proudly absurdist and in love with the idea of reflecting knowledgeably upon art history, but the good parts of this piece – the character trapped inside a Monet, the chilling descriptions of Goya’s work – are sketch-like and …

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August 31, 2015
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