PHOTOS – Edinburgh International Festival Fireworks Concert 2016

  Tonight the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert 2016 drew to a stunning close with the sky filled with giant walls of silver and golden crackle effect fireworks bursting 225 metres above Edinburgh Castle to the closing bars of Shostakovich’s Festive Overture. Around 250,000 spectators watched the event across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife, with visitors […]

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REVIEW – My World Has Exploded a Little Bit, Natural Shocks


  By Jen Bolsover This is an unflinchingly brave show. Writer and performer Bella Heesom delivers a performance lecture on the subject of death – ‘A Logical and Philosophical Guide to Managing Mortality’ – in which she offers a 17 step programme for anyone coping with dying loved ones. It’s based on her own experience […]

REVIEW – Ada/Ava, Manual Cinema


  By Jen Bolsover Beautiful, chilling and quietly heartbreaking, Ada/Ava is the brainchild of Chicago-based Manual Cinema. Audience members of a certain age may have flashbacks to primary school assemblies when they walk in and see a row of old-fashioned overhead projectors, but all such recollections are quickly dispelled when the projected images come to […]

Edinburgh International Festival: Richard III


By Danielle Farrow Thomas Ostermeier directs Berlin’s Schaubühne Theatre in a magnificently presented, forceful ‘Richard III’, that rests squarely on the shoulders of Lars Eidinger as Richard. These are strong shoulders, bent over before being corseted and neck braced into straightness, and complete with hump. Energetically shuffling through dry clay, kneeling naked beside a coffin, […]

Lars Eidinger plays Richard III in Thomas Ostermeier's production of the same name. Photo: © Arno Declair

REVIEW – Shakespeare Tonight, Paradise in Augustines


  By Danielle Farrow ‘Shakespeare Tonight’ interviews William Shakespeare and Sir Francis Bacon as arch-rivals on a tv chat show hosted by a minor celebrity who is under pressure as this is – according to the producer – her last chance to book a second series. There are questions put to Shakespeare about his writing […]

REVIEW: Machina – Malcostume Teatro


    Machine is a show that frustrates and appeals in equal measure. Its concept is quirky and entertaining – a one-man commedia dell’arte show where most of the characters appear by projection and interact with one live actor. It’s a brilliant idea, and the actor (whom I would namecheck, but the company’s website is […]

REVIEW – Outside the Box, Full Circle


  By Jen Bolsover Sweet, gentle and quietly devastating, Liz Rothschild’s “live show about death” is perhaps the only show on the Fringe where you can watch a woman weave her own coffin. In fact, it’s hard to imagine that anyone will have been in and out of their coffin as frequently as Rothschild by […]

REVIEW – Adler & Gibb – Tim Crouch/Royal Court Theatre


  By Jen Bolsover There’s almost an interesting plot in Tim Crouch’s latest project for the Royal Court, Adler and Gibb. The play concerns an actress and director who go on a research trip in preparation for shooting a film about boundary-pushing artist Janet Adler. They find her home, her unmarked burial site, and her […]

REVIEW: Deal with the Dragon, First Sprout Theatre


  By Jen Bolsover Always intriguing and occasionally heart-rending, Deal with the Dragon is a one-man show about struggling, traumatised artist Hunter and his not-so-imaginary friend and protector, dragon Brennchen Feuer. Drawing on fairytales where help is always at hand and the price is always higher than you realise, Kevin Rolston plays out the story […]

REVIEW – Shhh – An Improvised Silent Movie, i Bugiardini


  By Jen Bolsover The ideas behind Shhh… are good. Creating improvised silent movies has a lot of potential, since there are so many well-known tropes and images to draw on and subvert. There’s also lots of mileage in the concept of live-typing the intertitles (the text cards showing narrative and speech), coming up with […]