REVIEW: Krapp’s Last Tape

*****

By Isabella Fraser The setting of the Churchill Theatre as a venue for this play is perfect. Such is the state of seating during the festival, that it is worth saying the Churchill Theatre has very comfortable seats. A traditional, compact theatre space, it sets the atmosphere for what is one of Samuel Beckett’s better […]

FRINGE REVIEW – The Power Behind the Crone

*****

By Danielle Farrow The Power Behind the Crone is well acted, written and directed. Alison Skilbeck and director Tim Hardy present seven of Shakespeare’s older female characters in the framework of a University of the Third Age lecture – a very amusing one. Lecturer Artemis Turret had arranged for her friend from Oxford days, Bunti […]

REVIEW: Mouthpiece

*****

By Isabella Fraser A strikingly original and mesmerising two-hander, Mouthpiece is both heart wrenching and eloquent in its portrayal of the complexity that women face in their everyday existence. Shown through a series of battles with the clingy inner thoughts that will be familiar to many, this duo use every possible facet of their enviable […]

REVIEW: The Whip Hand

*****

  By Isabella Fraser The Whip Hand takes you on a rollercoaster of twists, turns, family resentments and the every day battle that takes place in how you leave your individual mark on the world. Initially it seems like a fairly straightforward family drama – a broken family merges into a somewhat happy-on-the-surface-but-not-really group. A […]

REVIEW: Loud Poets

By Isabella Fraser Loud Poets have built up a strong following since bursting onto the fringe scene three years ago and have maintained this success as their line-up changes and grows. Performing to packed houses, the show is a firm favourite on the Fringe. The poetry however is key: this show’s strength lies in the […]

EIF REVIEW – The Divide, parts 1 & 2

Men and women cannot live together! This is the premise The Divide presents of an England in approximately a century’s time when society is segregated according to binary gender attributions where heterosexuality is considered an abomination. Males live with males in cities to the north and females with females in southern villages, exhibiting a certain […]

REVIEW: Making a Murderer: A Conversation with Defence Attorney Jerry Buting

By Isabella Fraser This may seem like an unusual fit for the Fringe: it is an interview session with a real defence attorney from the States, Jerry Buting, led by Dr Gemma Flynn who lectures on Criminology at the University of Edinburgh. Buting’s background however, is what brings the packed audience to the conversation and […]

REVIEW: The HandleBards: As You Like It

 By Isabella Fraser A delightful and mad-cap romp through Shakespeare’s cross-dressing comedy, the four-strong (female) part of the HandleBards troupe brings the perfect mix of tongue-in-cheek and pathos to this familiar tale.  Outdoor theatre is always a risk in Scotland but the HandleBards have picked a perfect spot on the hill in the Royal Botanic […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Shakespeare for Breakfast

In its 26th year of presenting a different Shakespearean entertainment every Fringe, Shakespeare for Breakfast brings us Macbeth on an allotment – just don’t go saying the titular character’s name aloud! With use of such theatrical superstitions, a great deal of vegetable-based punning and well-written modern rhymes, C Theatre’s cast of five rip through a […]

FRINGE REVIEW – The Dreamer

*****

By Danielle Farrow A taken-for-granted woman in a repetitive, uninspiring job, in love with someone in love with another (all of them colleagues) and under pressure from her parents, finds solace from her humdrum existence in her reading, while being tormented by nightmares. The book she reads unfolds in live, flowing silhouettes of beautiful Chinese […]