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    Comedy review: Underwhelmed

    Comedy review: Underwhelmed

    Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Underwhelmed, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★ Twanya Mayne is a distinctive new voice on the comedy circuit but she’s got barely 25 minutes of material right now, let alone the billed 40. Contrarian and aridly deadpan, her default hostile attitude is appealing and she shows her potential with …

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    28th Aug 2015
  • Edinburgh Festival

    Theatre review: A Reason To Talk

    Theatre review: A Reason To Talk

    Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Reason To Talk, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ With relations between Iran and the west undergoing a gradual thaw, there’s never been a more vital moment to try to learn and understand more about this beautiful, troubled and hugely creative powerhouse nation at the centre of most …

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    28th Aug 2015
  • Edinburgh Festival

    Cabaret review: K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand

    Cabaret review: K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand

    Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ “Who am I today?” That’s the refrain of one character we meet in K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand, a remarkable show whose form is as fluid and shifting as its subjects. Created by New Zealand’s Okareka …

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    28th Aug 2015
  • Pierre Novellie

    Comedy review: Pierre Novellie is Anxious Peter

    Comedy review: Pierre Novellie is Anxious Peter

    Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Pierre Novellie is Anxious Peter, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★★ Expanding on last year’s strong introductory debut, Pierre Novellie derives tremendous capital from his unlikely background, delivering an erudite, intelligent, scholarly but accessible hour that’s full of wry, self-effacing humour. His name itself is a gift from the …

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    28th Aug 2015
  • Edinburgh Festival

    Theatre review: Old Man’s Gift

    Theatre review: Old Man’s Gift

    Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Old Man’s Gift, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★ At the titular old man’s birthday party, his daughter rebuffs a friend’s marriage proposal while others plot her father’s murder. It turns out the old man abused all in different ways, and this fact should rankle when the show is …

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    28th Aug 2015
  • Edinburgh Festival

    Theatre review: Mrs Shakespeare

    Theatre review: Mrs Shakespeare

    Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Mrs Shakespeare, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ What if William Shakespeare was a woman? And how do we know that he wasn’t? These may sound like ridiculous questions, but beneath the superficial irreverence of this one-woman show is a small-scale subversive comedy about the lack of female voices …

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    28th Aug 2015
  • tom stade

    Comedy review: Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!

    Comedy review: Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!

    Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ Some people have likability in spades. And Tom Stade charms his audience from the moment he heckles the pre-show safety announcement in his trademark husky, sweary and irreverent voice. Canadian, but now living in Edinburgh, Stade strides on to …

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    28th Aug 2015
  • The Bookbinder

    Children’s show: The Bookbinder

    Children’s show: The Bookbinder

    Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Bookbinder, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★★★★ With much love, care and attention to detail, New Zealand’s Trick of the Light Theatre spin an old-fashioned and, yes, magical adventure yarn to get lost in for an hour. A young boy (never named) is taken on as an …

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    28th Aug 2015
  • Edinburgh Festival

    Children’s show review: The Hiawatha

    Children’s show review: The Hiawatha

    Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Hiawatha, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★ There’s a lot of promise in this kids show from Theatre With Teeth, a co-opting of the native American title character myth which tells of a small boy who sets off to save his kidnapped mother from an evil magician. …

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    28th Aug 2015
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