Fringe 2014

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 […]

REVIEW – The James Plays (Edinburgh International Festival)

*****

The swords may change, but the themes remain the same. Towering over the cast on the Festival Theatre’s stage, the gigantic weapons cast a shadow over the turbulent events which take place in Rona Munro’s visceral and impassioned trilogy of plays. From the proud lines of the claymore in James I: The Key Will Keep […]

REVIEW – Candide

*****

By Jen Bolsover This is a bold, high energy affair. The well-drilled young actors of Stage by Stage re-tell Voltaire’s classic tale of optimism and despair in just 50 minutes, and while the pace is breakneck, the show is focused and fun. There are no weak links in this cast of talented young people. Alex […]

REVIEW – Hedluv and Passman: Doin it Dreckly

*****

By A MacDonald Hedluv and Passman are a show to be seen to be believed. Unlike any other performance on this festival, this hour of hilarity is a trip into the hallucinatory and bizarre. Hedluv and Passman are two rappers who hark from Redruth, Cornwall and, having been mistaken for comedians the first year they […]