REVIEW: We’ll Meet Again: Vera Lynn, The Forces Sweetheart

*****

By Isabella Fraser This show does exactly what it says on the tin – it is an homage to Dame Vera Lynn, interspersed with anecdotes about her life and the songs that she was known for. Ably sung by Melanie Gall, it is a light-hearted but entertaining show. Song sheets are provided for the audience […]

REVIEW: Traverse Breakfast Plays: B!rth (So Far As a Century’s Reach)

*****

By Isabella Fraser Simply staged with stands and chairs, the five strong cast delivers an emotive and stirring look at pregnancy and birth stories in the US through the past 100 years. These stories are multi-cultural, representing the diverse make up of the US, and a fascinating glimpse into history, as you can hear and […]

REVIEW: The Nature of Forgetting

*****

By Isabella Fraser A heartfelt, beautifully rendered glimpse into living with the impact of dementia, this physical theatre piece by Theatre Re interprets the lived experience through the eyes of a man with early onset dementia. At first glance, this young team of actors – accompanied by live musicians – seem the wrong fit for […]

REVIEW: Flight

*****

By Isabella Fraser Flight is an intimate and engaging production from Vox Motus, who have found an novel and striking way to allow an audience to experience storytelling that focuses on the challenging area of refugee children. The name of this production is multi-layered: as a ticket holder, you check in to the production, much […]

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 […]