Edinburgh Festival

Theatre review: May I Have the Bill Please? by Robin Mitchell

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: May I Have the Bill Please? by Robin Mitchell, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ We’ve all been there, although whether to the exaggerated degree of those in Robin Mitchell’s site-specific comedy play is open to debate. Two older couples – clearly so used to sharing a meal out …

Theatre review: May I Have the Bill Please? by Robin Mitchell

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: May I Have the Bill Please? by Robin Mitchell, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ We’ve all been there, although whether to the exaggerated degree of those in Robin Mitchell’s site-specific comedy play is open to debate. Two older couples – clearly so used to sharing a meal out …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: 17 Border Crossings

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: 17 Border Crossings, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ IT MAY be one of the most elegant shows on the Fringe, this 75-minute monologue by director, actor and designer Thaddeus Phillips – perhaps almost too elegant for its theme, which focuses on the supremely topical story of people trying …

Theatre review: 17 Border Crossings

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: 17 Border Crossings, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ IT MAY be one of the most elegant shows on the Fringe, this 75-minute monologue by director, actor and designer Thaddeus Phillips – perhaps almost too elegant for its theme, which focuses on the supremely topical story of people trying …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Shazam!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Shazam!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ Don’t worry about the magic, it’s incidental here. The story may be about a magician named Phil, but the magic he’s seeking to rediscover isn’t so much what goes on onstage. He’s lost his confidence as a performer and can’t see it …

Theatre review: Shazam!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Shazam!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ Don’t worry about the magic, it’s incidental here. The story may be about a magician named Phil, but the magic he’s seeking to rediscover isn’t so much what goes on onstage. He’s lost his confidence as a performer and can’t see it …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Sweetness and Light

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Sweetness and Light, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★ Two male leads give strong and very watchable performances as Dextrose and Glucose, the gangsterish cockney wideboys and “Community Sanitisers” working for the Office of Population Adjustment in a dystopian parallel London, who burst in and intimidate their target Sweetums, …

Theatre review: Sweetness and Light

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Sweetness and Light, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★ Two male leads give strong and very watchable performances as Dextrose and Glucose, the gangsterish cockney wideboys and “Community Sanitisers” working for the Office of Population Adjustment in a dystopian parallel London, who burst in and intimidate their target Sweetums, …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Hearts of Folk

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Hearts of Folk, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ This ensemble comedy from young company TalkSimple is somewhat DIY and the overarching story doesn’t hit each beat quite as sweetly as we might like it to, but whoever wrote the gags is a keeper. The play tells of touring …

Theatre review: Hearts of Folk

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Hearts of Folk, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ This ensemble comedy from young company TalkSimple is somewhat DIY and the overarching story doesn’t hit each beat quite as sweetly as we might like it to, but whoever wrote the gags is a keeper. The play tells of touring …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Am I Dead Yet?

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Am I Dead Yet?, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★ THERE must be a great show to be written, sometime soon, about what happens to the human psyche when science reaches a point where death, the one shared certainty of human life, begins to seem no longer inevitable. It’s …

Theatre review: Am I Dead Yet?

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Am I Dead Yet?, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★ THERE must be a great show to be written, sometime soon, about what happens to the human psyche when science reaches a point where death, the one shared certainty of human life, begins to seem no longer inevitable. It’s …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Heartlands

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Heartlands, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ It SOUNDS like the premise for a ropey Hollywood romantic comedy, that a famous Hollywood actress and a humanitarian charity boss with a celebrity profile find their paths continually crossing over the years, drawing them closer together and yet deeper into what …

Theatre review: Heartlands

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Heartlands, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ It SOUNDS like the premise for a ropey Hollywood romantic comedy, that a famous Hollywood actress and a humanitarian charity boss with a celebrity profile find their paths continually crossing over the years, drawing them closer together and yet deeper into what …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Katie O’Kelly’s Counter Culture

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Katie O’Kelly’s Counter Culture, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ IN A department store in Dublin’s O’Connell Street, Christmas is coming; but not for the shopworkers, who – in 21st century post-crash Ireland – find themselves steadily losing the employment rights their parents and grandparents fought for, and won. …

Theatre review: Katie O’Kelly’s Counter Culture

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Katie O’Kelly’s Counter Culture, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ IN A department store in Dublin’s O’Connell Street, Christmas is coming; but not for the shopworkers, who – in 21st century post-crash Ireland – find themselves steadily losing the employment rights their parents and grandparents fought for, and won. …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: This is Mary Brown

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: This is Mary Brown, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ “There was a tree,” says Winsome Brown at the beginning of her one-woman autobiographical play, in which she gives a warm and funny insight into her relationship with her mother and other family members, single-handedly bringing together the many …

Theatre review: This is Mary Brown

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: This is Mary Brown, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ “There was a tree,” says Winsome Brown at the beginning of her one-woman autobiographical play, in which she gives a warm and funny insight into her relationship with her mother and other family members, single-handedly bringing together the many …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: A Game Of You

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Game Of You, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ ONTROEREND Goed is one of Belgium’s most acclaimed theatre groups and one of the key reasons for their fame is that instead of simply reflecting the profound individualism of the culture in which we live, they like to invite …

Theatre review: A Game Of You

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Game Of You, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ ONTROEREND Goed is one of Belgium’s most acclaimed theatre groups and one of the key reasons for their fame is that instead of simply reflecting the profound individualism of the culture in which we live, they like to invite …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Echoes by Henry Naylor

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Echoes by Henry Naylor, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ The grim revelation this month that American aid worker Kayla Mueller was a victim of rape before her death earlier this year while a captive of Islamic State lends this piece of new writing a cutting edge relevance. “Heaven …

Theatre review: Echoes by Henry Naylor

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Echoes by Henry Naylor, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ The grim revelation this month that American aid worker Kayla Mueller was a victim of rape before her death earlier this year while a captive of Islamic State lends this piece of new writing a cutting edge relevance. “Heaven …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: The Year Of The Hare

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Year Of The Hare, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★ THE partnership between the Helsinki-based Rhymateatteri and a group of Scottish artists led by playwright Catherine Grosvenor is now a well-established feature of the Fringe, and this year’s offering, written by Grosvenor from an original text by Esa …

Theatre review: The Year Of The Hare

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Year Of The Hare, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★ THE partnership between the Helsinki-based Rhymateatteri and a group of Scottish artists led by playwright Catherine Grosvenor is now a well-established feature of the Fringe, and this year’s offering, written by Grosvenor from an original text by Esa …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Some Big Some Bang

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Some Big Some Bang, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★ There is a beautiful orange tree on stage, but beneath it a man is bemoaning that his new baby is exceptionally ugly. Since this baby is a rolled up in a piece of cloth, it’s difficult to judge, but …

Theatre review: Some Big Some Bang

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Some Big Some Bang, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★ There is a beautiful orange tree on stage, but beneath it a man is bemoaning that his new baby is exceptionally ugly. Since this baby is a rolled up in a piece of cloth, it’s difficult to judge, but …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: The Communist Threat

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Communist Threat, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★ THE year is 1950, and in a hotel room in Vienna, two men confront one another. Both work for Britain’s secret service, MI6, but Kip is a classic product of public school and Oxbridge, while Albert has a working-class accent, …

Theatre review: The Communist Threat

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Communist Threat, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★ THE year is 1950, and in a hotel room in Vienna, two men confront one another. Both work for Britain’s secret service, MI6, but Kip is a classic product of public school and Oxbridge, while Albert has a working-class accent, …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Dark Matter

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Dark Matter, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★ The stage design is authentic and Jessica Boyde and Mark Parsons’ lead performances are good quality in this play of two very different acts – as first a male politician and a female banker meet in an office during an unspecified …

Theatre review: Dark Matter

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Dark Matter, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★ The stage design is authentic and Jessica Boyde and Mark Parsons’ lead performances are good quality in this play of two very different acts – as first a male politician and a female banker meet in an office during an unspecified …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Teaset

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Teaset, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ It’s worth making clear early on that this solo monologue from writer Gina Moxley sees actor Amy Molloy deliver what must sit amongst the top rank of performances to be seen on the Fringe this year. Seated at a table throughout, she’s …

Theatre review: Teaset

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Teaset, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ It’s worth making clear early on that this solo monologue from writer Gina Moxley sees actor Amy Molloy deliver what must sit amongst the top rank of performances to be seen on the Fringe this year. Seated at a table throughout, she’s …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Iphigenia In Splott

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Iphigenia In Splott, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ SOMETIMES, it takes a really great piece of writing – an Oliver Twist, say, or A View From The Bridge – to challenge a climate of vicious indifference to the lives of poor people and to reaffirm the truth of …

Theatre review: Iphigenia In Splott

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Iphigenia In Splott, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ SOMETIMES, it takes a really great piece of writing – an Oliver Twist, say, or A View From The Bridge – to challenge a climate of vicious indifference to the lives of poor people and to reaffirm the truth of …

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August 31, 2015
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