Author Archives: Fringe Reviewer

REVIEW: Mars Actually

*****

By Isabella Fraser This three-hander tale of Martians and discovering life on Earth is a sweet, funny show. The naivety of the characters is what wins over the audience; some of us may harbour a wish to explore new worlds and with these Martians, we get the opportunity to see our world through their eyes […]

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: 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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]