Edinburgh Festival Fringe

FRINGE REVIEW – Shakespeare for Breakfast, C (Venue 34)

*****

By Danielle Farrow ‘Shakespeare for Breakfast’ is a traditional Fringe favourite for many, delivering a different take on Shakespeare every year, with a few props, helpful costume choices for quick changes and minimal or no set. It’s the latter this year, for a modern A Midsummer Night’s Dream, complete with topical – even political – […]

REVIEW – Thread, BODYART

*****

In its blurb, Thread speaks of the myth of Ariadne and the complex webs we weave throughout our lives. An interesting premise, but one that might be lost on anyone who sees the show without having read the publicity information beforehand. The show gets off to a promising start as the performers clamber over the […]

REVIEW – Camille Sings Brel, Queen’s Hall

*****

Whilst Camille O’Sullivan has in recent years included songs by modern artists such as Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails in her always-captivating live shows, she has always kept room for a few chansons by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel. This year, in a short residency at the Queen’s Hall, she devotes a whole night to them. […]

REVIEW – Eden Gate

*****

The premise of Eden Gate is a familiar one to anyone who has been paying attention to immersive theatre trends in Edinburgh over the past year or so. Similar to Deadinburgh, 2.8 Hours Later and The Generation of Z, it involves the outbreak of a virulent disease that wipes out most of the population (although […]

REVIEW – Saint-Exupéry, a Pilot’s Story

*****

The title of this touching play suggested an exploration of the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry outwith his most famous story – The Little Prince. Nevertheless, everyone who has read that story would have expected strong references to it since one of its main characters in it is a pilot, and because it certainly has […]

REVIEW – The Great Gatsby

*****

Masks, seductive dresses, sounds, light. ‘I heard he blackmailed the President’, someone whispers in my ear as I sit down. Actors who look straight out of a 1920s flapper burlesque show sneak through the audience, whisper, stare, conspire and place themselves conspicuously in dark corners. The high arches and stage-lit pillars in the old church […]

REVIEW – Hot Cat

*****

What a fabulously suited cast! And what a quick, quirky and colourful adaption of this classic story! Theatre Movement Bazaar, based in Los Angeles, have for many years succeeded in transforming challenging original works into pieces of intriguing and reinvigorating theatre for contemporary and critical audiences. Tennessee Williams’ ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ lends […]

REVIEW – Bach and Zappa Late

*****

Looking at the late night audience in the Royal Over-Seas League, many people seemed to have been drawn there by Zappa’s appeal rather than by Bach’s. Because of that, it couldn’t have been a pleasant task to announce that the program would not include Zappa ‘Ruth is Sleeping’ at this concert, because the organisers could […]

REVIEW – Boris & Sergey’s Astonishing Freakatorium

*****

Almost as rude, and even freakier than ever! The two favourite ruthless leather-face puppets are back, this time under the musty arches of George IV’s Bridge. Boris and Sergey still know how to kill and splatter without having control of their own hands, and how to argue, swear and keep their astonished audience enthralled from […]

REVIEW – Odd Shaped Balls

*****

By Danielle Farrpw Odd Shaped Balls, written by Richard D Sheridan and starring brother Chris Sheridan, is a solo show focused on a rising star rugby player with “a dirty little secret”. Examining the difficulties that player James Hall faces, coming into the media spotlight through his sport and then for his sexuality, it has […]